Land use planning
Our plans and policies provide an urban planning framework for development and conservation in the local area.
Why we’re doing this
Strategic land use plans help manage change in our city and neighbourhoods over the long term by providing a consistent planning approach for how we use and develop land.
The plans encourage positive change while protecting the characteristics that make places attractive.
They balance competing demands, ensure new development is supported by appropriate public infrastructure and promote transparency and fairness to achieve our long term vision.
Our land use strategies can affect the entire local area or be specific to key sites or precincts.
Planning controls and policies
- Managing long-term change by providing a consistent approach for how we use and develop our area.
- Planning instruments that apply to the local area.
- DCPs provide detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls in the LEP.
- Additional information and guidance to the controls contained within local environmental plans and development control plans.
Development guidelines & policiesWe encourage meaningful and effective community participation in planning.Published 30 November 2019
Contributions and agreements
- Some work may require a financial contribution towards new and upgraded amenities for the people who will live and work in the area.
- Some development in Green Square, Ultimo/Pyrmont (City West) and the Employment Lands may require a contribution towards the cost of providing affordable housing.
Development guidelines & policiesPlanning agreements (also commonly referred to as VPAs) are voluntary agreements entered into by the City of Sydney and a developer to deliver public benefits.Published 30 July 2016
Development applicationsAsk for an amendment to our planning instruments.
Plans, policies and places under review
There are a number of strategic plans, planning controls and policies that are under review at any one time.
Policy & planning changesWe've updated our strategy to ensure future growth occurs where it respects our special places, spaces and parkland.Under review
Policy & planning changesProvides a comprehensive and transparent framework for contributions when land is being developed.In progress
Policy & planning changesThe NSW Government’s planning proposal request for Waterloo estate (south) proposes to change the planning controls on the Waterloo estate to deliver a mix of public, affordable and private housing.Planned · Waterloo
Policy & planning changesA large-scale project by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation to provide a mix of social, affordable and private housing in Redfern.Planned · Redfern
Policy & planning changesImproving the environmental performance of buildings is critical to meet NSW and local government targets.In progress
Policy & planning changesCity Plan 2036, our local strategic planning statement, states we will undertake a review of the planning controls affecting the Botany Road corridor.Planned · Alexandria and Eveleigh
Policy & planning changesA key focus of the review will be to support the long-term economic viability of all enterprise areas in the city.Planned
Policy & planning changesThe proposal included allowing shops and businesses to trade later, pop-up creative events and fair management of noise.Under review
Policy & planning changesA review of the planning controls applying to Oxford Street aims to reposition it as a vibrant cultural and creative precinct.Planned · Darlinghurst, Paddington
Policy & planning changesThe City of Sydney is a member of the project review panel that will help assess the master plan for the redevelopment of Blackwattle Bay.In progress · Glebe
Policy & planning changesCity of Sydney is a member of the project team and steering committee for the NSW Government’s Pyrmont Peninsula revitalisation strategy.Planned · Pyrmont