Why do we need a Housing Strategy?

The public exhibition for the draft Ku-ring-gai Housing Strategy closed on 8 May 2020.  Submissions are now being considered.

The Housing Strategy will provide clarity and certainty to the community over the next 20 years on how Ku-ring-gai will grow and change in a sustainable way.

You’ve told us, through recent consultation events, that while Ku-ring-gai needs a greater mix of housing options, growth must protect Ku-ring-gai’s unique natural environment and open space. The Ku-ring-gai Housing Strategy will reflect this community need and vision and aims to deliver housing that responds to our population and locality.

In March 2018, the NSW Government introduced amendments to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) including requirements for strategic planning. 

All local Councils in Sydney are now expected to respond to priorities identified in strategic regional and district plans that have been developed by the Greater Sydney Commission.

Ku-ring-gai Council is located in the North District and is required to respond to the Greater Sydney Region Plan, A Metropolis of Three Cities and the North District Plan

These regional and district plans require Council to prepare A Local Strategic Planning Statement which must be informed by Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Housing Strategy. They provide directions on how Councils will accommodate population increase over the period 2016 to 2036.

Hierarchy of Strategic Plans:   

Greater Sydney Region report covers

The North District Plan identifies key considerations for the Ku-ring-gai Housing Strategy including:

  • Where in Ku-ring-gai new housing will most appropriately align with existing and proposed improvements to local infrastructure including transport and open space.
  • The right locations for additional housing – including areas that are unsuitable for significant change in the short, medium and long term.
  • The capacity to contribute to the Regional Plan’s 20-year strategic housing target of 92,000 dwellings across the whole North District by 2036.

The Housing Strategy looks to provide additional and appropriate housing to meet the changing needs of existing and future residents while maintaining local character and environmental assets. 

Video on the North District Plan:  


Video with North District Commissioner, What Dr Deborah Dearing Loves About The North  District



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