Frequently asked questions about the Housing Strategy

What is the North District?

The Greater Sydney Commission’s Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities is built on a vision of three cities – Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbour City. Greater Sydney’s three cities reach across five districts: Western City District, Central City District, Eastern City District, North District and South District. 

The Ku-ring-gai Local Government Area is located within the North District which forms a large part of the Eastern Harbour City. The North District includes eight other Local Government Areas:  City of Ryde, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches and Willoughby. 

Map of Ku-ring-gai within the North District

Has the NSW Government given Ku-ring-gai dwelling targets?

The NSW government estimates that by 2036, Ku-ring-gai’s resident population will reach 154,500 people – an increase of 25% or 31,000 new residents from 2016. The Greater Sydney Region Plan includes dwelling targets for all the Sydney Districts and has the following housing supply targets allocated to nine Local Government Areas in the North District:

Greater Sydney Region Plan - Housing Supply Targets

North District

Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby, Hunter’s Hill, Lane Cove,
Mosman, North Sydney,
Northern Beaches, Ryde, Willoughby

0 - 5 year: 2016 - 2021

20 year: 2016 to 2036

 25,950 dwellings  92,000 dwellings

The Greater Sydney Region Plan also identifies a combined 0-5 year housing supply target of 25,950 dwellings across all nine North District Councils. The target is based on each Council’s existing dwelling delivery pipeline under current planning controls. This means there is no expectation for any further action in the immediate (2016-2021) period. 

The North District Plan breaks down and divides the 25,950 dwelling target for each of the nine North District Council areas. It stipulates delivery of 4,000 new dwellings within Ku-ring-gai during the 5 year period from 2016 to 2021. Since 2016, more than half of the required housing supply quota has been met, with the remaining amount fully deliverable through current development approvals and through land already zoned for higher densities. This means that the 0-5 year housing supply target is achievable under Council’s existing planning policies and no immediate amendment to the Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan is necessary.

Beyond the 0-5 year period, amendment to the Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan will be required to facilitate additional housing provision in Ku-ring-gai. The amendments will be informed by the findings and directions of the Ku-ring-gai Housing Strategy.

The Housing Strategy will examine the three key aspects regarding housing provision:

  • Housing location - enabling good proximity transport, employment, services; as well as fit with existing and future local character
  • Housing diversity – providing housing choice that supports the variety of household structures and life changes for existing and future residents
  • Housing affordability - enabling local residents and workers to live within the area close to family, established networks and places of employment.
Ku-ring-gai’s 6-10 year housing target will be developed iteratively through the Housing Strategy. The Housing Strategy will inform numbers, location and type of dwellings deliverable within Ku-ring-gai, and address the growing issue of housing affordability at the local level. It will also clarify how the additional housing provision will retain, enhance and develop the current and future local character and factor into the liveability of neighbourhoods as stipulated in the Regional and District Plans.

What is involved in the Housing Strategy?

The Housing Strategy will include an analysis of the existing and future population and determine the location, type and amount of housing required by our residents to 2036. It will investigate the area’s housing capacity across the LGA and identify suitable areas to accommodate new housing for the projected growth in population. it will also examine how Ku-ring-gai’s valued local character can be supported and enhanced through provision of necessary additional housing.

Through the Community Strategic Plan, the community has made it clear that they desire greater housing choice for all age groups, while protecting and enhancing the natural environment, and the visual landscape and heritage character of Ku-ring-gai.

As a first step, we want to hear more from the community about the type of housing you want and need over the next 20 years. We will also be speaking to other key stakeholders who often manage housing or associated services for specific needs groups in the area, such as ageing residents.

Council’s approach to housing, as outlined in the Local Strategic Planning Statement, is committed to finding ways to conserve the much-loved character of our large lot housing within landscaped gardens, including tall canopy trees, while enabling diverse, affordable and accessible housing around retail and economic centres that are well-serviced by train services and major bus routes along arterial roads. 

To this end, new additional housing could be located as follows: 

  • Higher density housing located within a 10 minute walk (800 metre radius) of Primary Local Centres at Gordon, Lindfield, Turramurra, St Ives and Secondary Local Centres at Roseville, Killara, Pymble and Wahroonga;
  • Medium density housing located within 5 minutes (400 metre radius) of Neighbourhood Centres when they are serviced by major bus routes along arterial roads at Roseville Chase, West Gordon and St Ives. 
The Housing Strategy provides an in-depth investigation into these options, informed by community engagement and detailed analysis, with consideration of infrastructure provision, timing and roll out of additional housing over the 20 year period.

Will every part of Ku-ring-gai see housing growth?

No, some areas of Ku-ring-gai are not suitable for increased housing as they contain bushland areas, flood prone areas, bushfire risk areas, environmental and heritage protection areas. Additionally, certain locations in Ku-ring-gai do not meet the NSW Government’s requirements for access to public transport, employment, and other services.

Why do we have to plan for growth? Can’t we say ‘no more’?

There will be increases in population across Greater Sydney over the next 20 years. The numbers and needs of the Ku-ring-gai community are changing. We are   strategically located with good connections to the Sydney CBD and other growing employment areas. Given our key arterial road and rail stations our growth is inevitable. If we don’t plan for change now, we will not be able to have a considered approach to providing enough housing to meet our current and future residents’ needs, including enabling our population to age in place and provide options for our children to stay in place.

It is up to Council and the community to influence in a timely manner how this change happens and how we will accommodate future growth. Being proactive now will mean we can maximise community benefits and protect our current and future local character. The Housing Strategy is about setting a plan in place so that the future of Ku-ring-gai is sustainable and our quality of life is the best it can be.

Council is providing the opportunity for the community to get involved, give feedback and share ideas.

What happens if we do nothing?

Doing nothing is not really an option for us. Council together with the community need to plan and manage our vision for the Ku-ring-gai local government area.

If we do nothing, Ku-ring-gai Council will have less control over delivering housing and development in the right locations and protect what we value.

Doing nothing also weakens Council’s position when private landowners submit private planning proposals for development intensification in areas that are contrary to the prevailing planning and character of Ku-ring-gai and that do not adequately consider, at a local level, the required infrastructure, community facilities and services to support those developments. These planning proposals are ultimately determined by the NSW Government and having a clear Housing Strategy will clarify Council’s position to enable a better outcome, including possible refusal, on such proposals. 

What is the purpose of this stage of Community Engagement?

Council has heard from community and groups during the Community Strategic Plan and Local Strategic Planning Statement stage. 

The purpose of this stage of community engagement is to:

  • Create awareness around key housing issues in Ku-ring-gai
  • Build on what we’ve heard to generate specific ideas about what options Council could pursue to address the current and future housing challenges
  • Provide your feedback on housing needs to accommodate our changing population.

In the second phase of developing the housing strategy, we will test specific options with the community.  More information about this will be provided soon.

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Enquiries 

If you have any further questions please contact Urban Planning on 9424 0000 or kmc@kmc.nsw.gov.au.