State government plans and strategies

White Paper - A new planning system for NSW

Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney

Dwelling approvals

White Paper - A new planning system for NSW

View Ku-ring-gai Council formal submission on reforms proposed in the White Paper below:

A New Planning System for NSW - Submission on the White Paper (pdf. 19KB)

The White Paper builds on the major reforms and changes proposed in the Green Paper released in July 2012. These reforms will directly affect the way councils consult with the community, prepare town planning documents and assess applications for development in local government areas.

The White Paper provides details around five fundamental reforms:

  • changing the planning culture
  • community participation
  • strategic planning
  • development assessment
  • infrastructure.
It also sets out changes to community consultation, plan preparation, infrastructure funding and building regulation along with two Exposure Bills that set out the provisions necessary to support the new planning system described in the White Paper.
Download the White Paper and learn more about the proposed changes

More information

For more information or queries contact the Department of Planning and Infrastructure:

Phone: 1300 305 695


Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney

NSW Department of Planning Exhibition

The NSW Government has prepared and exhibited a new Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney that sets out a new plan for the city’s future over the next two decades.

By 2031 Sydney will have around 1.3 million additional people. It is important to make sure there are more affordable homes, good job opportunities and easier ways to get around. This is a plan for future growth in Sydney.

Ku-ring-gai is in the North Subregion of Sydney.

Disclaimer: Please note that this is not a Ku-ring-gai Council document and all comments and submissions should be made directly to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure. The link above will direct you to the Department’s Metropolitan Strategy Sydney web page.

Note: The submission period ended on 28 June 2013. The Department's website states that all feedback will be carefully considered to help develop the final strategy, which will be released later this year.

View Council's submission on the Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney (pdf. 234KB)

Contact NSW Department of Planning

Website: Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney


Post: Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney, Department of Planning & Infrastructure, GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2013

Phone: 9228 6111

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Dwelling approvals

Ku-ring-gai has a target to increase its number of dwellings by 10,000 compared with 2004 levels. The following documents show the number of approved dwellings up to June 2013. These are currently being reviewed due to the release of the new Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney

Ku-ring-gai approvals barometer - 20 June 2013 (pdf. 32KB)

Approved Development Summary - 20 June 2013 (pdf. 44KB)

Approved DA Dwellings Yield - 20 June 2013 (pdf. 119KB)

Approved DA Dwellings Yield SEPP Seniors - 20 June 2013 (pdf. 51KB)

The NSW Government monitors housing delivery via the Metropolitan Development Program (MDP). The achievement of housing the targets contained in the Metropolitan Strategy will be assessed against the MDP data.

Metropolitan Development Program (MDP)