Draft North District Plan


How to be involved

This draft District Plan sets out aspirations and proposals for Greater Sydney’s North District, which includes the local government areas of Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Northern Beaches, Mosman, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby. It has been developed by the Greater Sydney Commission.

This draft District Plan is on formal public exhibition until the end of March 2017, and will be finalised towards the end of 2017 to allow as many people as possible to provide input.

You can read the entire draft District Plan at www.greater.sydney and send feedback:

by email:  engagement@gsc.nsw.gov.au

by post:  Greater Sydney Commission Draft North District Plan PO Box 257, Parramatta NSW 2124

Call us on 1800 617 681

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For more information visit www.greater.sydney call us on 1800 617 681 or email: engagement@gsc.nsw.gov.au

Draft North District Plan Exhibition



You can view these supporting components, as well as Our vision – Towards our Greater Sydney 2056, our proposed 40-year vision for Greater Sydney, at www.greater.sydney.

Chief Commissioner’s Foreword

On behalf of the Commissioners and staff of the Greater Sydney Commission, I acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands that include the North District.

We acknowledge the living culture of the traditional custodians of these lands, recognise that they have occupied and cared for this country over countless generations, and celebrate their continuing contribution to the life of Greater Sydney.

This draft District Plan sets a vision for growth and development in the North District. It will form the overarching strategy for all future planning in the area.

The draft District Plan recognises what we have heard to date – particularly that the District has outstanding natural attributes and a way of life that is distinct from other areas of Greater Sydney. We know that over the next 20 years, changes in our social make up – such as the expected increase in people in the over 65 and especially the over 85 age brackets – will require specific planning in terms of housing and social infrastructure.

To have wonderful beaches and bushland on the edges of a thriving and growing district with exciting centres gives this District an enviable mix. Now we want to know how we can build on these assets, and current major infrastructure investment, as the District’s population grows and how we can deal with the difficult questions and conflicts that may arise.

Everyone benefits when there is more clarity on our city’s approach and better guidance on what we should be prioritising. In getting this right, we recognise that collaboration will be key. There is a diversity of opportunities and challenges in the District, with many different people, places and organisations involved. The Greater Sydney Commission has been established to bring together all the various parties with an interest in the District’s future and channel the collective energy.

This draft District Plan is an important step in setting a vision for growth and development in the North District and Greater Sydney.  I thank everyone from the community, industry, councils, government and other stakeholder groups who have contributed so far in developing this draft District Plan for public comment.

I encourage all stakeholders with an interest in the North District to take the time to review and provide feedback on this draft District Plan. Your suggestions, comments and opinions will be critical in making this draft District Plan a living, working document to guide the North District’s future.


Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO

Chief Commissioner


District Commissioner’s Foreword

The North District is one of the loveliest areas of Sydney and Australia.

It offers outstanding beaches and bushland, from the coastline suburbs between Manly to Palm Beach, to leafy areas such as Lane Cove, Wahroonga and Beecroft. People access important day to day services and jobs at thriving centres such as Macquarie Park, Chatswood and North Sydney. Precious heritage areas such as Crows Nest, Castlecrag and Hunters Hill give us an insight into the District’s past.

Many people want to enjoy this lifestyle, and they know they can do this in the North District while also living within reach of a diversity of world-leading workplaces. This means our population is changing and increasing. We’re well aware that we’ll have a higher proportion of people over 65 and over 85 in the District in 20 years, which means we have to plan now for the health care and living arrangements people need as they get older. At the other end of the spectrum, some parts of the District are booming in terms of young families, and we need to plan for child care and education places as a result.

We also know many people struggle with congestion and while we will benefit from road and rail investments such as Sydney Metro and NorthConnex, I want us to work together to provide easy and attractive access to local places, including walking or safely cycling to more areas. This includes better connections to public transport, and access to schools, shops and workplaces as well as our District’s bushland and waterways.

This draft District Plan is part of a concerted conversation between all of us who live and work here about how we can come together to create the kind of North District we aspire to. I’m eager for as many people as possible to get involved. This conversation will continue throughout the coming months as we finalise this draft District Plan and it’s an important first formal step in helping to shape the decisions that will drive the District’s future.

Deborah Dearing

North District Commissioner