Public Exhibition of Planning Proposals for Taronga Zoo and the Mosman Police Station site

Council currently has two Planning Proposals on public exhibition and we’re giving you the chance to have your say.

Planning Proposal for Taronga Zoo:

The Planning Proposal for Taronga Zoo seeks minor amendments to the Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 (MLEP) to allow certain types of development at the Zoo to be undertaken as exempt development without needing planning approval from Council. It also seeks to clarify items of heritage significance within the Zoo in order to correct a drafting error in the MLEP 2012.

The current MLEP which came into operation in February 2012 has had the unintended effect of requiring the Zoo to submit a development application for any works that are proposed on the site. This has not been the case under the previous LEP where any development of “structures solely for the purpose of exhibition, conservation and care of animals” did not require development consent.

In addition, the heritage listing of the Zoo specifically referred to six significant items for which a heritage assessment was required while the rest of the Zoo did not require consent under the heritage provisions. These significant items are the Upper Entrance Gate, Lower Entrance Gate, Elephant House, Aviary, Floral Clock, Taronga Bus shelter and office.

It is proposed to amend the current MLEP to reinstate the intentions of the previous provisions. The mechanism for amending the provisions of the MLEP is called a planning proposal.

Planning Proposal for the Mosman Police Station site:

The Planning Proposal seeks to rezone the Mosman Police Station site (96A Bradleys Head Road) from SP2 Infrastructure (Public Administration Building) to R3 Medium Density Residential and RE1 Public Recreation.

The Planning Proposal has been prepared to ensure that the portion of the site currently used as public open space is protected and to allow for appropriate future uses of the heritage listed Police Station building.

Where can I view the Planning Proposals?

The Planning Proposals and associated documentation can be viewed on the Council website, Mosman Library and in the foyer of Council’s offices.

View the Planning Proposal for Taronga Zoo

View the Planning Proposal for the Mosman Police Station site

Can I make a submission?

During the public exhibition process, we encourage you to make a submission to Council. Submissions can be made until Wednesday 17 April 2013 for the Taronga Zoo Planning Proposal and until Friday 19 April 2013 for the Planning Proposal for the Mosman Police Station site.