Central Sydney planning framework

Central Sydney planning framework

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Central Sydney is the engine room of the NSW economy. We’ve updated our planning framework to ensure future growth occurs where it respects our special places, spaces and parkland, and is highly sustainable, resilient and responsive to climate change. With the significant investment in transport infrastructure, Central Sydney must support more jobs, while maintaining our quality of life.

While Covid-19 is impacting our lives, our jobs and the economy, there is also a place for us to continue with good and thoughtful planning for our city's recovery and future livelihoods.

The planning framework provides a clear path for investment to help rebuild business confidence and support jobs in small and large businesses. It considers commercial development, hotel and visitor accommodation, cultural uses and retail alongside residential living.

Our Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision identifies a key goal of nurturing a competitive global Sydney. This updated framework aims to ensure Central Sydney maintains its role as Australia’s most productive and attractive city. It’s the first major review of the Central Sydney planning framework in 45 years and took years of study.

As part of this plan, we propose changes to development controls and development contributions and invite your feedback over 10 weeks, extended from 4 weeks due to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Key changes include:

  • additional height and density in the most suitable locations
  • removing the incentive for residential towers
  • opportunities to unlock additional capacity for economic and employment growth
  • ensuring new development achieves design excellence through a revised design policy.

Our city’s growth will need to be accompanied by new supporting infrastructure. To assist, a new contributions plan will help fund new and upgraded public spaces and infrastructure. This approach will improve and retain Sydney’s attractiveness as Australia’s premier business district and global city.

The draft plan includes a proposed increase in contributions for developments worth $500,000 and above.

See our summary of key changes and development contributions plan fact sheet.

Where will these changes apply?

To clarify the areas covered by each of the documents, the map shows an area shaded pink – this is where changes are proposed to the planning controls and development contributions plan. Areas shaded green are where changes are proposed to the development contributions plan only.The area where the proposed Central Sydney planning controls and development contributions plan will apply covers Central station at the southern end of the city to Circular Quay at the northern most boundary. The eastern boundary covers The Domain and Hyde Park. The western boundary covers Observatory Hill, King Street Wharf and then follows Sussex Street south to Chinatown and Haymarket. Only changes to the development contributions plan will apply to Barangaroo, Millers Point, Woolloomooloo Wharf and Garden Island in the northern part of the city. This area also applies to businesses on the southern side of Oxford Street and along Elizabeth Street to Central station. This area also covers the Central Park development area on the southern side of Broadway and Prince Alfred Park.

View map in PDF (797.5 KB)

Council meetings

Council endorsed the draft Central Sydney planning framework of documents at its meeting on Monday 17 February 2020. You can view the meeting documents and meeting minutes.

Further changes were made to the draft Central Sydney development contributions plan 2020 at the Extraordinary Council meeting on Monday 30 March 2020. You can view the meeting documents and meeting minutes.

On Monday 9 December 2019 a Lord Mayoral Minute was endorsed by Council. It outlined a way forward between Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces.

How you can give feedback

You can view the full suite of Central Sydney planning documents.

You can provide your feedback by completing our online survey, which includes the option to upload your submission.

Online survey

You can also email your submission to sydneyyoursay@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or mail to: Strategic Engagement and Community Relations, City of Sydney, Town Hall House, Level 7, 456 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

All submissions should include: ‘Reference S064204.024 – Central Sydney Planning’.

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We're running a series of online sessions where you can find out more about the proposed changes to planning controls in Central Sydney and speak with our specialist planners.

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Next steps

We will consider all feedback and report the results to Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. If you make a submission or leave your details through our online survey, we will let you know when the reports are being considered. If Council approves the development controls after public exhibition, the amendment to Sydney Local Environment Plan 2012 will be drafted and finalised by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

If Council approves the new development contributions plan, the change to the contribution rates is intended to start after the amendment of relevant regulations and as the development controls come into effect. However, given the current climate of economic uncertainty, the City is open to considering this timing and process.

 
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Key dates

Public consultation period
1 May to 10 July 2020

Contacts

Wayne Williamson
Senior Specialist Planner
02 9265 9333
wwilliamson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Sally Peters
Manager Central Sydney Planning
02 9265 9333
speters@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Siobhan Fox-Roberts
Senior Specialist Planner (Contributions)
02 9265 9333
sfoxroberts@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Lauren Flaherty
Senior Community Engagement Coordinator
02 9265 9333
lflaherty@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Covid-19 response

We’re changing how we consult and connect with our communities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We know our residents, workers and visitors are focused on social distancing and health and wellbeing, and many are experiencing economic stress.

While how we consult with you may look a little different, we still want to hear from you and provide plenty of opportunities to have your say on the projects and programs that affect you.

Document Downloads
Summary of key changes proposed for Central Sydney PDF 331.5 KB Download
Fact sheet – draft Central Sydney development contributions plan 2020 PDF 8.6 MB Download
Map of Central Sydney where proposed changes apply PDF 797.5 KB Download

Planning proposal: Central Sydney

A document that explains the intended effect of the proposed amendments to the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012. The document is the local planning controls prepared by the City.

Planning proposal – Central Sydney PDF 16.5 MB Download
Height of buildings maps PDF 2.3 MB Download
Locality and site identification maps (tower cluster areas) PDF 2.1 MB Download
Special character areas maps PDF 1.8 MB Download
Sun access protection maps PDF 2.5 MB Download

Central Sydney planning strategy

A 20-year growth strategy that delivers on the City’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 program for a green, global and connected city. Through 10 key moves, the strategy balances opportunities for development to meet the demands of growing numbers of workers, residents and visitors and their changing needs in Central Sydney.

Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – addendum PDF 2.1 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – overview PDF 10.9 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – part 1 PDF 5.6 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – part 2 PDF 6.8 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – part 3 PDF 1.7 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – part 4 PDF 10.0 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – part 5 PDF 9.6 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – part 6 PDF 10.8 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – part 7 PDF 6.3 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – part 8 PDF 1.0 MB Download

Central Sydney planning strategy attachments

A list of technical studies that supports the 10 key moves outlined in the Central Sydney planning strategy.

Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendices PDF 2.1 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix A – Central Sydney capacity study PDF 4.3 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix B – built form capacity study PDF 3.0 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix C – height of buildings study – part 1 PDF 4.0 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix C – height of buildings study – part 2 PDF 12.1 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix C – height of buildings study – part 1 PDF 4.9 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix D – street frontage height and setbacks PDF 8.5 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix E – special character areas PDF 11.6 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix F – sun protected public spaces – part 1 PDF 6.3 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix F – sun protected public spaces – part 2 PDF 6.4 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix F – sun protected public spaces – part 3 PDF 6.6 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix F – sun protected public spaces – part 4 PDF 6.4 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix G – street sections – part 1 PDF 3.4 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix G – street sections – part 2 PDF 3.9 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix H – open spaces PDF 3.6 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix I – wind study PDF 4.9 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix J – tall buildings study PDF 11.1 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix K – transport and land use capacity PDF 4.5 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix L – views study PDF 5.9 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix M – solar access detailed provision PDF 5.6 MB Download
Central Sydney planning strategy (draft) – appendix N – erection of tall buildings in Central Sydney PDF 7.2 MB Download

Competitive design policy

A policy that explains the processes an applicant is required to undertake to demonstrate that a proposed development is the result of a competitive design process.

Competitive design policy amendment (draft) PDF 745.1 KB Download

Development control plan

Planning controls prepared by the City that describe how to undertake development. For example, the character of an area to be protected, how much sunlight needs to be retained for neighbours or where a building should be located on a site.

Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 amendment (draft) – part 1 PDF 8.8 MB Download
Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 amendment (draft) – part 2 PDF 4.1 MB Download
Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 amendment (draft) – part 3 PDF 6.1 MB Download
Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 amendment (draft) – part 4 PDF 6.9 MB Download
Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 amendment (draft) – part 5 PDF 9.8 MB Download
Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 amendment (draft) – part 6 PDF 1.1 MB Download
Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 amendment (draft) – part 7 PDF 961.6 KB Download

Development contributions plan

A plan that enables the City to levy a contribution on new development to fund local infrastructure to meet the needs of the growing residential, workforce and visitor population in Central Sydney.

Central Sydney development contributions plan 2020 (draft) PDF 12.6 MB Download

Correspondence

Gateway determination PDF 129.7 KB Download
Letter to City of Sydney from Department of Planning, Industry and Environment PDF 115.8 KB Download
City of Sydney invitation for feedback on proposed new planning controls for Central Sydney PDF 242.1 KB Download

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Last updated: Thursday, 21 May 2020