Review of Willoughby Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Willoughby Development Control Plan (DCP)

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Between 5 March and 7 June 2022, Willoughby City Council exhibited proposed changes to Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) and Willoughby Development Control Plan (DCP).

Thank you to everyone that took the time to complete a survey, email a submission, write a comment, or make enquiry with one of our staff to tell us what was important to you.

You can watch one of twelve interactive information webinars tailored to geographical areas within the Local Government Area HERE

You can also view the draft documents in the section entitled ‘Draft LEP and other relevant documents' or download the presentation slides to the right of this page.  

Submissions are being collated into a feedback report by independent community engagement specialists.  

The final draft Draft Local Environmental Plan (WLEP) and Development Control Plan (WDCP) is expected to be finalised in the first half of 2023, if no further exhibition is required. Refer to the lifecycle diagram on the right hand side of this page for more details about the next steps. 

To view the proposed changes for your property, follow these instructions to the digital spatial map in the NSW Planning Portal.


BACKGROUND

The exhibited documents sought to: 

  • Respond to the demands of our changing climate (urban heat) and the impacts of the pandemic which highlighted the value of private and public open space and walkable neighbourhoods with local services and amenities.
  • Establish greater development equity between the State Complying Development controls and local LEP controls,
  • Enhance the leafy character of the north shore by protecting tree canopy and vegetation vital for biodiversity, human health and wellbeing from being systematically eroded through development of traditional garden areas.

They did this by providing for:

  • Substantial increases in heights and floor space ratios (FSRs) in Chatswood, and applies the controls established in the St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan issued by State Government for St Leonards/Crowns Nest. Locally appropriate increases in heights and FSRs are proposed in the local centres of Artarmon, North Willoughby, Naremburn, Castlecrag, Northbridge, Penshurst St and Willoughby South, to encourage new local jobs and housing diversity close to services and transport.
  • Increases to the height and FSR in Chatswood, to create a vibrant and confident CBD to provide capacity for commercial growth in the core of the CBD around the transport interchange. The aim is to consolidate Chatswood’s position as one of Sydney’s top 10 suburban office markets, while ensuring new developments are of excellent design and incorporate green landscaping with strong sustainability credentials overall.
  • The extension of the boundary of the CBD to allow for residential growth beyond the core area as part of mixed use high density developments capitalising on Chatswood’s exceptional transport connectivity and high level of services and amenities.
  • Increased affordable housing in new residential developments, from 4% of Gross Floor Area (GFA) to 10%, in line with aspirations in the North District Plan and in recognition of the urgent need for more affordable rental housing in all parts of Sydney.
  • An increase in floor space ratios for certain amalgamated sites in industrial areas and proposes adjustments to permissibility of uses in these areas, to promote and stimulate strong economic activity and local job making.
  • Housekeeping amendments will also be made where corrections or updating is required – including LEP improvements to enable efficiency
  • proposed heritage listing of the Griffin Centre in Castlecrag and the Artarmon Bowling Club.
  • Restricting current developments that are considered out of line with Council’s current vision but allow new development that it is believed will deliver positive community outcomes and put in place protections for the quality of life and character of Willoughby we all enjoy.

For enquiries contact Council’s Strategic Planning on 9777 1000.

Between 5 March and 7 June 2022, Willoughby City Council exhibited proposed changes to Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) and Willoughby Development Control Plan (DCP).

Thank you to everyone that took the time to complete a survey, email a submission, write a comment, or make enquiry with one of our staff to tell us what was important to you.

You can watch one of twelve interactive information webinars tailored to geographical areas within the Local Government Area HERE

You can also view the draft documents in the section entitled ‘Draft LEP and other relevant documents' or download the presentation slides to the right of this page.  

Submissions are being collated into a feedback report by independent community engagement specialists.  

The final draft Draft Local Environmental Plan (WLEP) and Development Control Plan (WDCP) is expected to be finalised in the first half of 2023, if no further exhibition is required. Refer to the lifecycle diagram on the right hand side of this page for more details about the next steps. 

To view the proposed changes for your property, follow these instructions to the digital spatial map in the NSW Planning Portal.


BACKGROUND

The exhibited documents sought to: 

  • Respond to the demands of our changing climate (urban heat) and the impacts of the pandemic which highlighted the value of private and public open space and walkable neighbourhoods with local services and amenities.
  • Establish greater development equity between the State Complying Development controls and local LEP controls,
  • Enhance the leafy character of the north shore by protecting tree canopy and vegetation vital for biodiversity, human health and wellbeing from being systematically eroded through development of traditional garden areas.

They did this by providing for:

  • Substantial increases in heights and floor space ratios (FSRs) in Chatswood, and applies the controls established in the St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan issued by State Government for St Leonards/Crowns Nest. Locally appropriate increases in heights and FSRs are proposed in the local centres of Artarmon, North Willoughby, Naremburn, Castlecrag, Northbridge, Penshurst St and Willoughby South, to encourage new local jobs and housing diversity close to services and transport.
  • Increases to the height and FSR in Chatswood, to create a vibrant and confident CBD to provide capacity for commercial growth in the core of the CBD around the transport interchange. The aim is to consolidate Chatswood’s position as one of Sydney’s top 10 suburban office markets, while ensuring new developments are of excellent design and incorporate green landscaping with strong sustainability credentials overall.
  • The extension of the boundary of the CBD to allow for residential growth beyond the core area as part of mixed use high density developments capitalising on Chatswood’s exceptional transport connectivity and high level of services and amenities.
  • Increased affordable housing in new residential developments, from 4% of Gross Floor Area (GFA) to 10%, in line with aspirations in the North District Plan and in recognition of the urgent need for more affordable rental housing in all parts of Sydney.
  • An increase in floor space ratios for certain amalgamated sites in industrial areas and proposes adjustments to permissibility of uses in these areas, to promote and stimulate strong economic activity and local job making.
  • Housekeeping amendments will also be made where corrections or updating is required – including LEP improvements to enable efficiency
  • proposed heritage listing of the Griffin Centre in Castlecrag and the Artarmon Bowling Club.
  • Restricting current developments that are considered out of line with Council’s current vision but allow new development that it is believed will deliver positive community outcomes and put in place protections for the quality of life and character of Willoughby we all enjoy.

For enquiries contact Council’s Strategic Planning on 9777 1000.

  • The survey exhibition period has concluded.

    Please tell us if you support the following proposed key changes to planning controls across Willoughby City in the draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP).  

    Your thoughts can also be expressed in the 3 other survey methods survey tools found on this project page https://www.haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au/lep-surveys-docs

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  • The survey exhibition period has concluded

    This survey helps us understand specific details and sentiment associated with each property. 

    Follow these instructions to the digital spatial map in the NSW Planning Portal to view the current LEP at your address and proposed changes for your property. 

    Then come back to this page to complete the survey about specific map areas of change.

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  • The survey exhibition period has concluded

    Please take a few minutes to tell us your level of support or opposition to the proposed changes to the draft Local Environmental Plan (WLEP) and Development Control Plan (WDCP)

    The Local Environment Plan provides rules about what we can build and where in our local government area.  The Development Control Plan provides detailed guidelines to support the Local Environmental Plan and ensure a high standard of development in Willoughby City.





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