PROPOSED STATE POLICY FOR REZONING APPLICATIONS
REZONING APPLICANTS PROCESS THEIR OWN APPLICATIONS
The reforms are intended to reduce the cessing times of rezoning applicationsand
bring about greater economic benefits. Councils will be given the power to determine most rezoning applications and the oversight of the Department of Planning is to be removed. Applicants will be able to choose the timing of the exhibition ,assess public
submissions withand respond to any objections and liase with government agencies.
Applicants will be able to lodge a combined rezoning and development application. Council's role has been reduced to advertising
the rezoning application and making decision at the end of the process to approve or refuse the application. If the applicant is not satisfied with the decision, the applicant will be able to appeal to the Land and Environment Court.
COUNCIL IS CONCERNED THAT THE REFORMS WILL GENERATE A SURGE OF REZONING APPLICATIONS INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR CORRUPTION AND POOR DECISION MAKING
STATE PLANNING PAGE Click here New State Planning
COUNCIL STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE REPORT AND COUNCIL SUBMISSION PLN003-22 7/3/2022 https://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Council/Meetings-and-Minutes/Business-Papers-and-Minutes
SCATL SUTHERLAND TO CRONULLA ACTIVE TRANSPORT LINK
Council's submission on the
review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the most recent stage 2 proposal for SCATL raises many concerns about the reliance on The Kingsway as the principle route for much of its length.
Government's current proposed 100% road route is not supported by Council or the Community. It would not be acceptable to potential users or encourage people to shift from car use to active transport. It is less safe than the 2015/2016 REF route due
to conflict between cyclists and pedestrians and conflict between cyclists and vehicles at the large number of side streets and driveway crossing points.
The proposal does not comply with Transport
for NSW (TfNSW) own standards for a principle cycleway in "Cycleway Desgn Toolbox". The original intent of SCATL to be a safe and direct east/west route along the spine of the Shire has been changed to focus on short trips.
The current route has changed so significantly that users no longer have the option of longer trips without many road and driveway crossing points.Council considers it has not been given sufficient justification why 100% of the rail corridor
has been excluded in the latest proposal when the 2015/2016 REF proposed that 59% of the route be in the rail corridor.
Council suggests that the SCATL should follow the rail corridor as the rule
and only deviate from the corridor where reasonable constraints prevent corridor use. Council suggests that part of SCATL Stage 2 could be constructed between Oak Road and Sylvania Road following the mix of rail corridor and road route as proposed in the 2015/2016
REF.This could be undertaken while the complex section between Sylvania Road and Caringbah Centre is worked through with the community.
TfNSW has sought comments from Council on SCATL Stage 3 between
Gannons Road and Cronulla Station. Council has submitted a route design which makes significant use of the rail corridor.
For details on Current Council submission and information on
Council Business Papers 21/2/22 COR 018-22 on Council website click link to Council business papers https://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Council/Meetings-and-Minutes/Business-Papers-and-Minutes
for NSW (TfNSW) was seeking feedback on the proposed Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link (SCATL). Click below to review main report of Environmental Factors 2021 and provide feedback
Feedback closed on 19th DECEMBER 2022 5pm
The Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link (SCATL) will provide the main east/west
link in the active transport network but needs to be safe, direct and well connected. Stage 2 of SCATL should be mainly in the rail corridor as promised by Transport for NSW in 2015. The new proposed SCATL now on exhibition is not safe, direct or convenient
as 100% of the new route runs next to roads. In Miranda the SCATL route runs on the southern side of The Kingsway in front of Westfield. Safety Concerns: cyclists would have to ride past the Westfield vehicle entries and exits. The footpath
beside the bus bays and the pedestrian signals is narrow and there would be conflict with people waiting for buses and crossing at the pedestrian signalo view Sutherland Councils original submission for Sutherland to Cronulla Active TransportLink
click link below and go to COR 014-21 page24
To sign a petition organised by the Sutherland Environment Centre outlining the many problems with the new SCATL proposal and requesting the Government to built the original promised offroad sharedpath please click on following
For further information on SCATL and earlier designs click on our shared path page Shared Path 11/21
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Council is continually looking at changes to use of space and other changes which directly effect Miranda residents and others in the Shire.They usually involve a short survey which is used by council to justify the implementation of changes. We recommend
that everyone browse this site regularly for any plans which would directly impact them.The link is provided below.Registering to review plans does not mean you are obliged to submit your views. This is optional.
To Contact Council phone 02 97100333
ALL CURRENT COUNCIL MEETINGS AND BUSINESS PAPERS
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Current planned and completed infrastructure and costings for the Shire can be found in these reports.Affordable housing and developer contributions etc are also discussed. All papers have a clear index and
information is easily accessible
PROPOSED NEW PLAN FOR MIRANDA CENTRE
Sutherland Shire Council is developing plans for Miranda, Sutherland/Kirrawee and Caringbah centres and is
seeking community feedback. The State Government requires councils to prepare local housing and centres strategies that help meet State Government housing and employment targets.The centres plans will guide redevelopment of the centres over the next 20years
and will form part of the new Housing strategey. They will also guide planning controls in the new Local Environment Plan (LEP) and Draft Control Plan (DCP). Allowing additional building height and floor space are being considered to make redevelopment financially
viable.However there is community concern there would be increased overshadowing and wind tunnel effect causing adverse impact on the amenity of streets and pedestrians. The centres plan s will guide future spending on infrastructure improvemrnts and promote
improved accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists
CLOSING DATE IS 15th DECEMBER 2021
Click link below to contribute
online via Join the conversation Survey and Mapping Tool
PLANNING FOR ACTIVE AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT STRATEGIES
Council is seeking community input into the strategies and wants to hear your current use of active transport (walking and cycling) and
public transport in Sutherland Shire. The objective of the Public Transport Strategy is to increase the public transport share of all daily trips in the Sutherland Shire by 35% by 2030. The objective of the active transport strategy is to increase
the current active transport share of all daily trips by 25% by 2030. The Sutherland to Cronulla Active Transport Link (SCATLwill provide the main east/west link in the active transport network but needs to be safe, direct and well connected. Stage 2 of SCATL
should be mainly in the rail corridor as promised by Transport for NSW in 2015. The proposed 100% road route now on exhibition is not safe, direct or convenient (or whatever you want to say about SCATL) The latest version of the road route runs the SCATL on
the southern side of The Kingsway in front of Westfield. Safety Concerns: cyclists would have to ride past the Westfield vehicle entries and exits. The footpath beside the bus bays and the pedestrian signals is narrow and there would be conflict with
people waiting for buses and crossing at the pedestrian signals
Join the conversation to provide feedback
CLOSING DATE FOR COMMENTS MONDAY 6th DECEMBER
COUNCIL's 20 YEAR HOUSING STRATEGY
Sutherland Shire Council
is considering housing options for 10-20years in the future and wants input from the community on their own housing requirements and preferences about the places and neighbourhoods that people love and those they think could change.
Send a letter to Strategic
Planning Unit, Locked Bag 17, Sutherland NSW 1499
Call the strategic Planning unit 9710 0333
Points to consider when choosing housing options
Rezonings Will Not Save Low density Areas From Dual Occupance and Medium Density. Rezoning new areas for high density around centres will not prevent proliferation of dual occupancies and town houses throughout low density zones. Council cannot
impose limits on the numbers of dual occupancies and townhouses built in low density zones.
Record Levels of Development under LEP 2015. Housing Targets Exceeded.New high density zones around centres, increased permitted building height
and density and reduced private open space and landscaping in all zones has facilitated a development boom.Sutherland Council has exceeded State housing targets for 2016-2021 and is expected to easily meet the 2021- 2026 targets.It is one of only a few councils
which permit medium density housing in R2 low density zones.
Community Opposition to High Rise. There is widespread community opposition to high rise develpment on the scale of South Village at Kirrawee and Woolooware Bay and high rise
precincts in centres such as Miranda which residents consider to be out of character with Sutherland Shire.
Rezoning for high Density Decrease the Supply of Single Dwellings.There is a shortage of single dwellings to rent or buy in
the Sutherland Shire and relocating to units would not be a suitable option for many households.Rezoning low density R2 zones to high density will worsen this situation.
High Density Increases Traffic and Parking Congestion especially
in and around centres.
Inadequate Transport Infrastructure.The Shire does not have the transport infrastructure to support Council's plans for additional rezoning for high density around centres.The T4 Illawarra Line is
beyond capacity at peak times and roads are congested slowing bus services. No Major infrastructure projects are planned for the Shire in the next 10-20 years to support rezoning.
Inadequate Provision Of Open Space. Existing high
density areas along the central spine of the Shire have the lowest provision of open space per person in the Shire. Rezoning new areas for high density will furtherdecreaseopen space per person.
SEYMOUR SHAW PARK MIRANDA MASTER PLAN
Awaiting final Design
NSW STATE PLANNING
- SOUTH DISTRICT PLAN
The South District includes the Sutherland Shire.
The South District Plan is now in force
Despite the fact that LEP 2015
will deliver more than double the number of new dwellings required by the State Government.The Greater Sydney Commission has set a 6-10 year target of 4,500 additional dwellings in the Sutherland Shire. Miranda and Sutherland have been nominated as areas with
potential for more high density development
Click here to view the State South District Plan relating specifically to the South District which includes the
- POLICY FOR EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE FACILITIES
New State Environmental Policy (SEPP) streamlines the approval
New childcare centres may be located on a lot of any size and have any length of street frontage or lot depth.
For Details see NEW STATE PLANNING click here New State Planning
DENSITY HOUSING CODE (RENAMED THE LOW RISE HOUSING DIVERSITY CODE)
The code came into force on July 1 2020.
The Code allows higher floor space, less private open space and landscaped area
and smaller front and rear setbacks in the R2 and R3 zones setbacks than required by LEP 2015.
The Code allows some types of medium density housing to be assessed as "Complying Development" - a fast track approval system with no requirements for
a development application.
The code contains set standards for building height, site coverage and landscaping. If the proposed developments comply with these standards and each dwelling has a street frontage, they can be approved by a private certifier
within 20 days with no requirement for a development application, no notification of neighbours and no right for community to object.
The code proposes that dual occupancies, terraces and “manor houses” ( 2 storey residential flat buildings
with 3 or 4 dwellings on one lot) be assessed as Complying Development. Complying Development is a fast track planning and approval system.
The Code will allow a 3 metre rear setback and 3.5 metre front setback for terraces and higher floor
spaces than Councils LEP 2015.
Sutherland Shire has still not been granted an exemption from the code applying in the R2 low density zone.
Council met with Planning Minister and Department of Planning in July to request that the
Sutherland Shire be exempted from the Code. Council presented a case that it is not necessary to impose the Code on Sutherland Shire as LEP 2015 has delivered a strong supply of medium density housing across broad areas of Sutherland Shire with multiple dwellings,
dual occupancy and secondary dwellings making up 52% of housing supply. The Minister gave in principle support to amending the Code to exclude the R2 zone and only apply it to the R3 medium density Zone.However the Code has not yet been amended and the Code
still applies to R2 Zone.
Medium density and dual occupancy development will still be permitted in the R2 zone under the LEP 2015 and DCP 2015 controls but at a lower intensity than the Code. Sutherland Shire Council is one of only a few councils which
allow medium density housing in the R2 zone. The R2 zone is the largest in the Shire and has a hugh amount of development potential.
Council was successful in its request for a minimum lot size of 900 square metre minimum lot size for manor houses and
the Code has been amended to require a 900 square metre minimum lot size in the R3 zone in Suherland Shire.
For more details about the Code see the STATE PLANNING SYSTEM page New
The Code can be viewed on the NSW State Planning Website https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Housing/Low-Rise-Housing-Diversity-Code/The-Low-Rise-Housing-Diversity-Code
- Contact NSW Department of Planning. 92286111 for any further information
HOUSING DIVERSITY CODE
To provide more rental housing opportunities and to support the development and construction industry, the State Government proposes a State Housing Diversity Code and
is inviting councils to comment. The Code proposes to consolidate existing State Environmental Policies (SEPPs) for housing and make some changes to social and affordable housing. Three new types of housing are proposed:
BUILD TO RENT -
large apartment developments of 50 or more units close to centres and transport which can't be subdivided or sold for 15 years. Minimum tenacy is 3 years.
STUDENT HOUSING - Purpose built for students with
no onsite parking required an minimum room size of 10 square metres.
CO-LIVING - A building with on site management of single rooms with shared facilities or with private bathrooms and kitchens for shoet term term rental, minimum
BOARDING HOUSES - must qualify as affordable, with rents 20% below market value and will receive a 20% floor space bonus.
Boarding Houses will no longer be mandatory in R2 zone.
The NSW Land and Housing
Corporation which builds social and affordable housing will be allowed to self assess developments up to 60 dwellings. Council has some concerns about the proposed Code.
For more details about the proposed Code and Council's concerns select Strategic
Planning Committee report PLN044-20 12/10/20 https://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Council/Meetings-and-Minutes/Business-Papers-and-Minutes
PREPARATION OF NEW LOCAL STRATEGIC PLANNING STATEMENT (LSPS)
MORE HIGH DENSITY
The LSPS expresses the vision and planning principles to guide land use decisions in Sutherland Shire for the next 20years. It identifies priorities for infrastructure, housing, town centres, employment, transport,recreation
and the environment. It will shape how the planning framework, comprising the Local Environment Plan(LEP)and Development Control Plan(DCP) and development contributions plans evolve over time.
The LSPS was endorsed by the Greater Sydney
Commission in October 2020 and can be reviewed on Council's website. As the first stage of a new LEP for Sutherland Shire, Council has prepared a Planning Proposal to make minor amendments to LEP 2015 to ensure it aligns with the LSPS. It will be exhibited
for public comment after endorsement by NSW Department of Planning. Council is preparing local strategies for Sutherland/Kirrawee, Miranda and Caringbah centres with completion expected mid 2021.
Next Council must amend LEP 2015 based on the directions
and actions required by the South District Plan and LSPS and show where additional dwellings from 2021 will be located.
Council intends to continue policy of increasing density within 800metres of centres, particularly in Sutherland and Miranda. Expanding
the residential flat zones, increasing building height and density in existing zones and enlarging the commercial centres are all being considered.
ater this year Council will carry out preliminary community consultation about
the new LEP and centres precincts before finalising the plans in 2022.
To view LSPS on Council's website click here
For more details see Sutherland Shire Local Planning Panel report SSPLN065-3/11/2020
CURRENT SUTHERLAND SHIRE LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2015 (LEP 2015)
To view current zone guidelines and maps for LEP 2015, click here.
SUTHERLAND SHIRE LEP 2015
To view zone guidelines and maps for LEP 2015, click here.
See report of Strategic Planning Committee PLN 051-20 - 30/11/2020 via the following council web page https://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Council/Meetings-and-Minutes/Business-Papers-and-Minutes
UPDATE OF LEP 2015 -STAGE ONE PLANNING PROPOSAL
Council is adopting a 2 stage approach to updating LEP 2015and is expected to complete stage 1 by June 2021.
-Stage 1 amendments propose to better align the LEP with Council's
Local Strategic Planning Statement, the South District Plan and State Government planning policies. Amendments are also proposed to include recent Council decisions such as support for a minimum lot size of 800 square metres for boarding housedevelopments.
The Local Planning Panel advised Council to consider a minimum lot size for residential flat developments and controls on the bulk of development in foreshaw areas.
Major planning matters such as centre precinct plans and rezoning for new high density
areas will be included in stage 2
- Stage 1 proposes updates to statistics on population and the number and location of dwellings approved or completed since LEP 2015 came into effect. The current Housing Strategy has facilitated significant residential
development over the past 5 years. There is a strong housing supply pipeline for the next 5 years without the need for immediate change to SSLEP 2015 to facilitate more dwellings.There is still capacity for 28,000 additional dwellings on land where residential
development is possible.Council is expected to easily meet the 5 year State Government target of 5200 dwellings between 2016 and 2021
The 2014 Housing strategy identified 39 precincts for increased housing. Significant residential development has occurred
in some precincts, particularly R4 residential flat zones around Sutherland, Jannali and Miranda centres. The business zones in the centres still have significant dwelling capacity but little development has occurred because the high land value in centres
makes redevelopment financially unfeasible.
The State Government requires the Housing Strategy to allow for sufficient housing development that is financially feasible.The remaining capacity for development in centres and immediate surrounding areas
is greatest in Caringbah, Sutherland/Kirrawee and Miranda. The remaining capacity in the R4 zones is expected to be exhausted by 2031. Stage 2 of the Housing Strategy will set the direction for housing from 2026 to 2036 and will identify new areas for rezoning
to R4 to ensure there is an ongoing supply of new high density dwellins.
Council is awaiting State Government approval to exhibit the Stage 1 updates of LEP 2015 and the 2014 Housing Strategy .
For details see report of Strategic Planning
Committee PLN052-20 30/11/20 via the following Council webpage https://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Council/Meetings-and-Minutes/Business-Papers-and-Minutes
Minimum Lot sizes amendment for R2 Zone now in force (March 2019) lot sizes of 600 square metres for dual occupancies and 1200 square metres for town houses in the R2 Low Density zone and a minimum lot size of 700 square metres
for dual occupancies in the E4 Environmental Living Zone came into effect in February 2019.
Despite the ammendment it will still be possible to build dual occupancies on 19,124 lots in the R2 and E4 Zones.
Sutherland Shire Council
is one of only 7 councils in Sydney which allow medium density townhouses in the R2 ZONE.
See Council Report: PLN010-18 - Planning Proposal - Minimum Lot Size for Dual Occupancy and Multi Dwelling Development 7/8/2017
Since 23/06/2015 development applications for a total of 1,387 units in Miranda were lodged with Council. Miranda is now considered a hot spot for units in Sydney.
More information on LEP 2015 and developments in Miranda, click here.
To view zone guidelines
and maps for LEP 2015, click here.
For more information on how individual properties will be affected
- Contact NSW Department of Planning. 92286111
DEVELOPMENT IN MIRANDA (CURRENT LEP 2015)
Since LEP 2015 came into force on 23/6/2015 there has been a significant increase
in development applications lodged with Council.
Between 2017 and 2022 Sutherland Shire will have the largest percentage increase in new dwellings of any council area in Sydney (SMH 19/5/2018 )
Development has been occurring at a much faster
rate than predicted in LEP 2015. In the Pinnacle Street/University Road Precinct Council predicted that 522 units would be built by 2031. There are currently 758 units under construction or recently completed in the Precinct.
Since LEP 2015 came into
force on 23/6/2015 a total of 972 units have been built or are being constructed in Miranda.
Click here for more information on current development in Miranda MIRANDA UNITS
DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS PLANS
Contributions plans collect contributions from new
residential development to improve and expand recreation facilities, Two Plans apply in the Shire: Section 7.11 (formerly called section 94) and section 7.12(formerly called section 94A). The plans outline the rate of contributions, where they apply and
the projects to be funded by the contributions.
A population increase of 26,550 is predicted in the Sutherland Shire by 2026 with the largest increase in the Shire’s growth centres – the population in Miranda Centre is predicted to double.
This will creat demand for new parks and sporting facilities. However Council states that the amount of public open space per person will decline over time.
For details of the proposed changes see Council Shire Strategic Planning committee report
PLN008-20,9.3 2020 - Development contributions plan S7.11 and S7.12 - Draft ammendment 3.
SIGNIFICANT LOSS OF OPEN SPACE AND SPORTING FACILITIES PREDICTED.
Council predicts that construction of the M6 motorway will result in significant losses of public open space and sporting facilities as well as other uses such as the tramway museum
at Loftus and part of the Royal National Park,regardless of the method of construction.53 hectares of the corridor are designated for playing fields,reserves or Royal National Park. Options to overcome these losses include like for like provision at alternative
locations, but lack of suitable locations and considerable costs are potential barriers.
For detail and maps showing the M6 corridor and current uses that would be potentially affected by its construction see Shire Strategic Planning Committee Report
PLN009-20,9.3.2020 or click here: