Help Us Shape Your Local Centre

The City of Willoughby is growing. Our population is expected to increase by 18 per cent in the next 20 years to more than 89,000 people.

You’re invited to:

The City of Willoughby is growing. Our population is expected to increase by 18 per cent in the next 20 years to more than 89,000 people.

You’re invited to:

  • Attend one of the drop-in sessions listed below at your Local Shopping Centre to meet with Willoughby Council staff and discuss planning concepts for your centre (download a drop-in session flyer from the document library here); or
  • Register to take the survey here before consultation closes on 31 Jan 2018. (IMPORTANT: Please download and review a copy of your Draft Local Centre Concept Study from the Document Library on the right hand side of this page before making a submission)

Your ideas about what works well and what would benefit from a change will help us to draft a Housing Strategy and Local Centres Strategy to be exhibited for further feedback.

Council has engaged specialists to provide urban planning advice to explore future concept options and revitalise seven key centres:

  • Artarmon
  • Northbridge
  • Victoria Ave / Penshurst St East Chatswood
  • Penshurst St / Mowbray Rd / Willoughby Rd, North Willoughby
  • High St, Willoughby
  • Castlecrag
  • Naremburn

As part of this phase of the consultation, Willoughby Council will also be talking to stakeholders directly associated with each centre such as business operators, property owners and community progress associations.

For further information you can speak with one of the staff from Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 02 9777 1000.

Submissions can also be received by email to email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au


The process so far…

In February 2017, we started a conversation with our community about how we could plan for this future growth. We published position statements on Housing and Local Centres as part of the Willoughby Planning Strategy to 2036 and received more than 1,500 responses. Local heritage and density emerged as the most important issues to our community. There was strong support to proactively manage the future of local centres to provide local employment but less support for increased density for housing.

We know that sustaining vibrant local centres is important to healthy community life. People enjoy connecting with neighbours at a local café, shop or park. Our local centres provide a sense of place and express local character, as well as to serve our everyday needs.

What you will find in the Draft Local Centre Concept Studies

Council are displaying the initial findings of the specialist urban planning project team for each local centre. This work includes the initial analysis of the context and existing conditions through to the ‘key ideas’ and development scenarios. In addition some character images are displayed as well as an artist’s perspective to help visualise the scenarios.

This work is in draft format and it is intended that your comments on what is presented will be recorded and considered by the consultant team to develop a ‘preferred’ master plan for each centre.

Development scenarios

The project team has produced digital 3D models for 3 development scenarios to allow you to understand relative built form massing and heights that may be achieved in each centre. The modelling depicted in these scenarios is representative of building envelopes only. It is important to understand that this modelling does not include any architectural or public domain detail at this stage.

Study Scope and Process

The purpose of this study is to position the local centres for growth and change over the next 20 years. In order to ensure that future growth considers the unique role, character and community of each centre this study includes the following tasks:

  • Understanding and recording the local context of each centre;
  • Analysis of key existing conditions including character, activities, access and movement;
  • Establishing the relative strengths and weaknesses of the centre
  • A proposed series of ‘key ideas’ unique to each centre that will guide future development
  • Development of a number of high level development scenarios to test simple built form and floor space outcomes
  • Incorporating the community and stakeholder feedback to develop a ‘preferred’ master plan for each centre that will guide future planning controls and decisions.

Make a Submission

Tell us your ideas about what works well and what would benefit from a change at your Local Shopping Centre. Your input will help us to draft a Housing Strategy and Local Centres Strategy to be exhibited at a later time for further feedback.

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Concept Study Feedback

Before you provide feedback, please ensure that you have downloaded and read through the concept study proposals for each of the relevant shopping precinct. You can find the documents by clicking on this link - Concept Studies

Have you downloaded and reviewed the Concept Studies for the centres you'd like to comment on? * required

Please read through the concept studies here - Concept Studies

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On average, approximately how frequently do you visit Artamon local centre? * required
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What is your main reason/s for visiting the East Village Local Centre?
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What is your main reason/s for visiting the High Street Local Centre? * required
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What is your main reason/s for visiting the Naremburn Local Centre? * required
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What is your main reason/s for visiting the Northbridge Local Centre? * required
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What is your main reason/s for visiting the Penshurst Local Centre? * required
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