About Council's land use planning

The Greater Sydney Commission is responsible for metropolitan planning in a partnership between the NSW Government and local government. Its role is to coordinate and align the planning that will shape the future of Greater Sydney and make it more liveable, productive and sustainable.

The Greater Sydney Commission has prepared two key planning documents for local councils in Sydney to follow.

1) The Metropolis of Three Cities plan has set planning directions for the next 40 years for the Greater Sydney region.

     View the Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities

2) The North District Plan sets regional planning direction for northern Sydney, including Ku-ring-gai.

     View the North District Plan

Under planning legislation (EP&A Act 1979), the Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is being reviewed to ensure it aligns with the priorities outlined in these two plans.

The LEP is the main planning document by which the Council guides planning controls in the local area, including land use. From this flows the Ku-ring-gai Development Control Plan (DCP) which is the detailed plan for all development in the Ku-ring-gai area.

In summary, the Greater Sydney Commission plans are the bedrock upon which Ku-ring-gai Council’s planning documents will be built.

View more information about the Greater Sydney Commission

What is the process?

The process includes the LEP Health Check, preparation of a Local Strategic Planning Statement, followed by a Planning Proposal to amend the Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan (LEP). The first step in the process was a ‘Health Check’ of Council’s existing LEP. View more information about Council’s LEP Review.

The next key step for Council is the preparation of a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) to help guide the update of Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP). The LSPS will develop a vision for the next 20 years and determine how we manage our land.

View the Ku-ring-gai LSPS

Other important studies will form part of the LSPS. These are:

  • Local Character Statements.
  • Local Housing Strategies including the identification of housing targets and capacity.
  • Studies on other important issues such as open space and recreation, accessibility, environment, employment, community services and infrastructure funding opportunities.

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What will the LSPS provide?

The LSPS will provide guidance on:

  • Where future housing, jobs and services will go.
  • The type of development that will occur.
  • What the character of Ku-ring-gai is and will be in the future.

How does this work with State Government planning documents?


How can I get involved?

The Draft Ku-ring-gai Local Strategic Planning Statement was on public exhibition from 1 July to 12 August 2019. The consultation for the draft LSPS has concluded.

View the Draft Ku-ring-gai LSPS

At different stages in the preparation of the LSPS and associated plans, Council will be consulting the community and other stakeholders.

We will update this page as the process unfolds. 

Contact us

If you have any enquiries at this stage please contact Council on 9424 0000 or kmc@kmc.nsw.gov.au.