City Plan 2036 – our draft plan for planning and land use

City Plan 2036 – our draft plan for planning and land use


Following community consultation, Council approved the draft local strategic planning statement.

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We invite your feedback on City Plan 2036, our draft local strategic planning statement. 

The draft planning statement sets out a 20-year land use planning vision, balancing the need for housing and economic activities while protecting and enhancing local character, heritage, public places and spaces. The draft planning statement links state and local strategic plans with the City’s planning controls to guide development.

The draft planning statement sets 13 priorities and a series of actions to achieve the vision and guide future changes to the City’s planning controls:

  1. Movement for walkable neighbourhoods and a connected city
  2. Align development and growth with supporting infrastructure
  3. Supporting community wellbeing with social infrastructure
  4. A creative and socially connected city
  5. Creating great places
  6. New homes for a diverse community
  7. Growing a stronger, more competitive Central Sydney
  8. Developing innovative and diverse business clusters in the City Fringe
  9. Protecting industrial and urban services in the Southern Enterprise Area  and evolving businesses in the Green Square-Mascot Strategic Centre
  10. Protecting and enhancing the natural environment for a resilient city
  11. Creating better buildings and places to reduce emissions and waste, and use water efficiently
  12. Increasing resilience of people and infrastructure against natural and urban hazards
  13. Open, accountable and collaborative planning

Housing and jobs targets are also proposed in response to the NSW Government's Eastern City District Plan. 

It delivers on the 10 strategic directions of our community strategic plan, Sustainable Sydney 2030, and has been informed by the City’s other social, environmental, economic and cultural plans and strategies. 

Over the last year we’ve been working with the community on a new version of our community strategic plan that will set goals and actions to 2050. The first phase of consultation is complete.

Key outcomes from this consultation have contributed to the planning statement. You can complete a feedback survey for the draft planning statement.

Housing for all

Alongside the draft planning statement, we have prepared a draft local housing strategy, Housing for All. It establishes the City’s priorities, objectives and actions for providing housing in the City of Sydney local area. It also details how we will meet the Eastern City District Plan’s housing liveability priorities. 

Have your say on our draft local housing strategy.

Strategic planning framework

City Plan 2036, our draft local strategic planning statement and Housing for All will sit with a suite of the City’s strategic planning documents. These are all guided by the Greater Sydney Commission’s plans: A Metropolis of Three Cities – the Greater Sydney Region Plan and Eastern City District Plan. 

These strategic plans manage Greater Sydney’s growth and change across the themes of infrastructure, liveability, productivity and sustainability.

Changes to planning legislation in 2018 mean that councils are now required to prepare their own land use planning strategies, known as local strategic planning statements.

Graphic showing the City of Sydney strategic planning framework. Including: The overarching NSW Government plans for Sydney developed by the Greater Sydney Commission. 1. The Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities. 2. The Eastern City District Plan. City of Sydney’s community strategic plan ‘Sustainable Sydney 2030’, which is our overarching strategy for our local area. City of Sydney land use planning strategies, including: 1. Our Local Strategic Planning Statement, ‘City Plan 2036’, which is the plan that articulates our 20 year vision for land use in our area. 2. ‘Housing for All’ our draft housing strategy. 3. Central Sydney Planning Strategy. 4. Planning Proposal for City of Sydney Employment Lands. 5. Sydney Development Control Plan 2012. 6. Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012

Next steps

Following consultation, the City will review all feedback and make any amendments necessary. We will work with the Greater Sydney Commission to seek its agreement prior to reporting the draft planning statement and housing strategy to Council for adoption. 

The planning statement and housing strategy will then guide an update to the City's planning controls over 2019 to 2021, as well as becoming a matter for consideration in all planning proposals.

How you can give feedback 

You can view the overview and draft plan and give your feedback by completing our online form.

Online form

Alternatively, you can email your written submission to 

Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 11 October 2019.

Individual responses will remain anonymous, and only reported in aggregate. Please refer to the City's privacy management plan.  

Other ways to give your feedback

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you prefer to talk to us in person, please contact the City of Sydney officer listed in contacts.

If you are Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us through the National Relay Service. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service  on 131 450. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.


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Key dates

Public consultation period
30 August to 11 October 2019

Community briefing session
6pm–7pm Tuesday 3 September
Marconi Room, Town Hall House


Christina Heather
Senior Specialist Planner
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Wednesday, 11 March 2020