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Mosman Scenic Protection Area – Have Your Say

Sep 10, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

Protecting the visual significance and landscape quality of Mosman’s foreshore slopes to Sydney and Middle Harbours, and the amenity of existing residential properties, has been a Council priority for many years. Through careful planning and ongoing lobbying by Council, this area known as the Mosman Scenic Protection Area has been excluded from the NSW Government’s Housing Code since 2009, however this is due to expire on 30 November 2021.

What is the Housing Code?

The Housing Code was introduced by the NSW Government to allow ‘fast track’ approval of new one and two-storey dwelling houses, and alterations/additions to existing dwelling houses under State-wide controls, bypassing the need for Council approval and the development application process. However, as complying development there would be no meaningful consultation with surrounding landowners, and Council’s long-standing controls for building bulk/scale, landscaping, view sharing, privacy, overshadowing and visual impact would not be considered. The impact this may have on resident amenity and the landscape, particularly in a cumulative sense, may be detrimental and irreversible.

What change is Council considering?

To ensure ongoing protection of the foreshore land, an option being explored by Council is to apply an E4 Environmental Living zone to all land within the Scenic Protection Area that is currently zoned R2 Low Density Residential under Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012. The land would remain a low-density residential area with Council’s controls continuing to apply. The Housing Code would not apply to land zoned E4.

Where can I find out more?

Council is in the initial stages of considering this option, and this week is writing to the landowners of around 2,600 affected properties within the Mosman Scenic Protection Area. More information is available at www.yourvoicemosman.com.au/mosman-scenic-protection-area, including a short survey. Feedback is welcomed by 5 October 2020. Enquiries to the Urban Planning Team:  Joe Vertel on 9978 4214, or Kelly Lynch on 9978 4058.

On Exhibition: Draft Mosman Local Housing Strategy

Aug 17, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

At the Council Meeting held on 4 August 2020, Council considered a report on the need to prepare a draft local housing strategy for Mosman to provide a locally relevant response to meeting the growing demand for housing in Greater Sydney. Forecasts are that Greater Sydney’s population will increase from 4.7 million (in 2016) to 6.4 million people by 2036, with an additional 725,000 dwellings required to meet demand. Government advice is that while the impact of COVID-19 on NSW’s population and economy remains unclear, it is committed to a long-term vision for the housing market.

Requirement to prepare a local housing strategy

All NSW councils are required to prepare a local strategy that meets criteria set out in the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Region Plan and district plans, outlining:

  • How housing growth is to be managed,
  • The right locations for additional housing supply,
  • Opportunities for alignment with investment in regional and district infrastructure, and
  • Delivery of housing supply targets.

If required, councils are then to submit updated local environmental plans (LEPs) to the NSW Government within three years of the finalisation of district plans, that is, by March 2021, or within two years for nominated accelerated councils (i.e. high growth areas). An updated LEP may, for example, identify land to be rezoned to provide for additional housing opportunities.

Housing Supply Targets

The Greater Sydney Commission has set housing supply targets for all Districts across Greater Sydney to accommodate future population growth. Mosman is located within the North District, along with Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Ryde and Willoughby local government areas.

The North District’s housing supply target of 92,000 additional dwellings over 20 years is modest compared to many parts of Greater Sydney. Additional housing supply is anticipated to largely occur in areas close to employment centres, railway stations and in planned precincts with significant infrastructure investment, such as around Macquarie Park, Hornsby and St Leonards. Mosman is not an area earmarked by the NSW Government as being subject to a high level of growth and change, reflecting the geography, infrastructure capacity and constraints of the area.

On Exhibition: Draft Mosman Local Housing Strategy

The draft Mosman Local Housing Strategy sets out a clear plan for housing in Mosman over the next 20 years to meet anticipated demand. It considers the housing needs of Mosman’s current and future population, the right locations for additional housing to meet anticipated demand, and the delivery of housing supply targets. The draft Strategy is on public exhibition from 17 August until 27 September 2020. Enquiries to Council’s Urban Planning team on 9978 4058.

Consultation on NSW housing strategy

Jul 3, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

The NSW Government is seeking input from the community on the development of a long-term housing strategy for the state.

A discussion paper released by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the Department) outlines a 20 year vision for housing in NSW that will inform the development of a state-wide Housing Strategy.

The discussion paper identifies four key themes intended to guide the housing strategy:

  • Housing supply in the right location at the right time
  • Diverse housing for diverse needs
  • Housing with improved affordability and stability
  • Responsive and resilient housing

The scope of the discussion paper identifies a broad range of factors that influence housing such as population growth, socio-economic trends, housing preference, environmental challenges and affordability. In addition, it discusses proposed actions to ensure future housing supply meets the needs of urban and regional areas. To ensure the currency of the strategy it is proposed it would be reviewed every four years.

Whilst the NSW Housing Strategy intends to provide an overarching strategy for the state, Council is currently developing the Mosman Local Housing Strategy which will guide housing in Mosman over the next 20 years. The Mosman Local Housing Strategy is set to be considered by Council later in 2020.

With population forecasts suggesting Greater Sydney will need an additional one million homes by 2041, now is an important time to ensure we have the appropriate strategic direction to meet the needs of a diverse population.

The Department is accepting feedback on the State Housing Strategy Discussion Paper until July 24, 2020.

NSW Planning – Changes in Response to COVID-19

Apr 3, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

In recent days, the NSW Government has announced a number of changes to NSW planning legislation in response to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. Many of these changes are the result of Orders issued by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon. Rob Stokes, under newly created section 10.17 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Changes will remain in place until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, or the advice of NSW Health changes.

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Remote Work and Change to Duty Planning Service

Mar 25, 2020 by Kelly Lynch

Council’s Urban Planning team is trialing working remotely this week, using Zoom to conduct our regular team meetings, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this time when we are all concerned for each other’s safety and health, Council has redesigned the delivery of our duty planning service to ensure equitable access for the community.

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Community braves the rain to have a say on local parks

Feb 28, 2020 by Evan Matthews

The Urban Planning Team pushed through the rain on Saturday to hold community drop in sessions at Reid Park and Sirius Cove reserve. The sessions were well attended by members of the public who braved the elements to get involved. Issues discussed were varied including off-leash dog walking, kayak and dinghy storage, vegetation management, new ideas for park furniture and much more.

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Council endorses draft Local Strategic Planning Statement

Dec 12, 2019 by Kelly Lynch

Council has endorsed the final draft Mosman Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) at its meeting held last Tuesday 3 December 2019.

The draft LSPS generated considerable community feedback when it was publicly exhibited during June-August this year. The report considered by Council last Tuesday night provided a detailed summary of feedback received, noting that overall feedback was positive with support expressed for the vision, planning priorities and actions outlined.

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