North District Plan Implementation Update

The North District comprises the nine LGAs of Hornsby, North Sydney, Ryde, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Mosman, Northern Beaches and Willoughby. This update overviews the projects and programs that support the District Plan's implementation.

Progress on actions of the district plan (July 2019 to end November 2020)

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Infrastructure and collaboration

Planning Priority N1 (Actions 1 – 6)
Planning Priority N2 (Action 7)
  • NSW Health: Mona Vale Hospital reconfiguration underway. Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital Stage 2 upgrade ($265 million) underway90.
     
  • School Infrastructure NSW: There are 26 upgrade projects, two new schools in planning or underway and six upgrades and three new schools completed. Twenty-four schools in the district have participated in the Share Our Space Program91.
     
  • Local Infrastructure: In financial year 2018-19 over $130 million was received from development contributions and voluntary planning agreements which helped fund local roads, stormwater management and land for open space and community services and other public benefits92.

Liveability

Planning Priority N3 (Actions 9 - 10)
Planning Priority N4 (Actions 11 - 16)
Planning Priority N5 (Actions 17 – 18)
Planning Priority N6 (Actions 19 – 23)
  • LHSs: Being prepared by all 9 councils for their respective LGA. Draft LHSs for North Sydney and Willoughby LHSs are being assessed by DPIE. Draft LHSs for Ryde, Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai have been publicly exhibited but not yet provided to DPIE for approval. LHSs for Mosman, Northern Beaches, Lane Cove and Hunters Hill are currently being prepared, consistent with the short-term action in their LSPSs. Four of the councils that have submitted LHSs have included affordable housing policies, including Willoughby City Council’s proposal to increase its affordable housing contribution rate from 4% to 10%, subject to viability testing.
     
  • 6-10 year housing targets: As part of their LHSs, councils are to show how they can meet an indicative draft range for 6-10 year housing targets (2021/22 - 2025/26) of 3,800 – 4,200 dwellings in Hornsby, 8,400 – 8,900 dwellings in Ryde, 150-200 dwellings in Hunters Hill, 3,350 dwellings in Ku-ring-gai, 3,000-3,500 in Lane Cove, 250-300 in Mosman, 3,000-3,500 dwellings in North Sydney, 3,500 – 4,000 dwellings in Northern Beaches and 1,600 – 1,800 dwellings in Willoughby.
     
  • Streets as Shared Spaces Program: A state-wide pilot program has awarded grants (one-off grant funding of $15 million) to councils for temporary activation projects that support the community during COVID-19 and also test ideas for more permanent improvements to local streets, paths and public spaces. Successful projects that will be granted funding include Hornsby’s Reclaim Hunter Lane project for pedestrianizing between the mall and the library with outdoor dining and street trading ($61,525), Ku-ring-gai’s Gilroy Road separated cycleway and Turramurra shared path ($398,000), North Sydney’s temporary street closures to create “play streets” with planter boxes, street games and moveable furniture ($40,000) and interconnected network of public spaces across Kirribilli and North Sydney CBD ($1,000,000), Northern Beaches’ “Beaches Eat.Play.Stay” project which includes temporary street closures in four areas one weekend per month ($100,000) and Activate Manly Bilgola project to improve and activate connections around town centres and beaches ($875,000)93.
     
  • District Arts, Culture and Sport: The final Newport and Avalon sections of The Coast Walk from Manly to Palm Beach is scheduled for completion in early 2021. It is part of a $32.6 million a Connected Communities Program, funded by the NSW Government94.

Productivity

Planning Priority N7 (Actions 24 – 25)
Planning Priority N8 (Actions 26 – 28)
Planning Priority N9 (Actions 29 – 35)
Planning Priority N10 (Actions 36 – 45)
Planning Priority N11 (Actions 46 – 49)
Planning Priority N12 (Actions 50 – 53)
Planning Priority N13 (Actions 54 – 59)
Planning Priority N14 (Actions 60 – 61)
  • Industrial and Employment Lands Studies: Lane Cove and Northern Beaches are preparing Industrial and Employment Land Studies/ Strategies. Ku-ring-gai will commence an initial Employment Lands study in early 2021 to help inform its employment lands study. Ryde has prepared an Industrial Lands Strategy. Willoughby adopted its Industrial Lands Strategy 2036 on 12th October 2020. Hornsby’s Employment Land Study will be on exhibition until 26 November 2020. North Sydney released its St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 Plan in August 2020 and is progressing three precinct-based planning studies for Ward Street Precinct, Military Road Corridor and Civic Precinct. Hunters Hill is undertaking a masterplan project encompassing the Gladesville commercial area and will review the employment potential of these lands. Within its LSPS, Mosman identifies undertaking a business activities review as a future action.
     
  • Victoria Cross Metro Station: Over-station development comprising a 40-storey office tower providing access to jobs within the district, granted approval as part of the Planning System Acceleration Program introduced in the NSW Government’s response to the pandemic95.
     
  • Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct (led by Department of Premier and Cabinet): The final Masterplan and Place Vision was released in November 2020. The Masterplan includes potential projects to deliver the vision and supports the relocated Meadowbank Public School and Marsden High School into new facilities and transforming Meadowbank TAFE into a technology-focused campus.

Sustainability

Planning Priority N15 (Action 62)
Planning Priority N16 (Actions 63 - 64)
Planning Priority N17 (Actions 65- 66)
Planning Priority N18 (Action 67)
Planning Priority N19 (Actions 68 - 73)
Planning Priority N20 (Actions 74 - 76)
  • Five Million Trees Program: Funding $500,000 for tree planting programs across four LGAs including Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Mosman, and Ryde96.
     
  • Eastwood to Macquarie Park Open Space Corridors Masterplan: Ryde is working on a Masterplan for three interrelated Green Grid corridors (Shrimptons Creek, County Road and Terrys Creek). This was prepared with $200,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s Metropolitan Greenspace Program97.
     
  • Hornsby Rural Landscape Areas: Hornsby has exhibited a Draft Rural Lands Strategy, which provides an exemplar of place-based rural planning98.
     
  • Ku-ring-gai Waste Management Strategy: Ku-ring-gai has exhibited a draft waste strategy that will guide the delivery of waste management services in Ku-ring-gai up until 202999.
     
  • Ryde Resilience Plan: Ryde has prepared the Ryde Resilience Plan 2030 - the first local resilience plan of its kind in Greater Sydney - to better prepare the community for future shocks and stresses100.
     
  • Parks for People Program: Funding for a new park in Frenchs Forest. It is anticipated that construction will start in early 2021 with the park to be completed by late 2021101.
     
  • Everyone Can Play: The Everyone Can Play Guideline and grant program are helping designers and councils deliver play spaces that are designed to be more inclusive of everyone in the community. A third round of grant funding was announced in October 2020, with a focus on fire and drought affected areas. The program will deliver new and upgraded play spaces in the North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai and Northern Beaches LGAs102.
     
  • Green Plans: Draft Green Plan is being developed for the Frenchs Forest precinct103.

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The Strand, Dee Why in Northern Beaches and Green grid corridor