Local Strategic Planning Statement and Housing Strategy
In March 2018, the Greater Sydney Commission released ‘The Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities’ and District Plans for each of Greater Sydney’s five districts. Randwick City Council is included within the Eastern City District Plan. These plans require councils to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).
The LSPS is a statutory document to implement actions from the Regional and District Plans at a local level, and it will inform a review and update of the Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) and Development Control Plan 2013 (DCP).
The LSPS outlines our future vision for planning across Randwick City and sets the direction around where we live, work, play and how we move around while also recognising and preserving Randwick City’s values and special characteristics.
Alongside the LSPS, the Regional and District Plans require all councils to prepare a housing strategy to guide short, medium, and long-term housing growth in response to projected population growth.
The housing strategy links our vision for housing with the housing objectives and targets of the Regional and District Plans. The actions of the strategy will inform an update to Council’s planning controls for residential development.
In March and April 2019, Council undertook a comprehensive community consultation program branded Vision 2040: Shaping Randwick’s Future, to inform the preparation of a draft LSPS and draft Housing Strategy.
The draft LSPS and draft housing strategy were on exhibition from 1 October to 5 November 2019, view the Your Say page here. Council received more than 500 submissions in response.
A number of changes have been made to the draft LSPS and Housing Strategy following exhibition. The outcomes of the consultation was reported at Council’s Ordinary meeting on 25 February 2020. Council resolved at this meeting to endorse the draft LSPS and Housing Strategy for finalisation. The Council report and attachments can be viewed here.
Following endorsement of the LSPS, Council referred the LSPS to the GSC for their ‘assurance’. On 25 March 2020, Council received a letter from the GSC assurance panel, outlining its support of the Randwick City Council’s draft LSPS as being consistent with the Greater Sydney Regional Plan and Eastern City District Plan.
On 26 March 2020, the General Manager ‘made’ the LSPS under section 3.9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. As legislated, the Randwick LSPS has been published on the NSW Planning Portal.
The Housing Strategy was approved by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on 23 June 2021 after being endorsed by Council in February 2020.
Randwick Comprehensive Planning Proposal
Council has prepared a Planning Proposal to update Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 in accordance with the policy approach of the State Government’s Standard Instrument LEP, which encourages Councils to undertake a comprehensive update of planning instruments to ensure they are in line with the strategic directions and planning priorities of the Greater Sydney Region Plan (A Metropolis for Three Cities), Eastern City District Plan and Randwick Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).
The Planning Proposal was submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for Gateway Determination on 30 June 2021. Gateway Approval was issued by the Department on 12 September 2021. The Planning Proposal will be exhibited for public exhibition in early 2022. The draft Planning Proposal and supporting material may be viewed here.
Local character is the identity of place and what makes a neighbourhood distinctive. It is a combination of land, people, the built environment, history, culture and tradition including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal and looks at how these factors interact to make the character of an area. As local character is a new concept within the NSW planning framework, this is the first time that Council has undertaken local character analysis for the LGA.
As part of the Randwick Comprehensive Planning Proposal, Council is proposing to include three Local Character Areas in the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) as a new local character map layer.
This follows the public exhibition of 11 Draft Local Character Statements encompassing all land within Randwick City in 2020. More information on this work may be viewed on our Your Say page. Note: remaining Local Character Areas that have not been included as part of the Comprehensive Planning Proposal will be included as part of the upcoming Development Control Plan (DCP) review.
The three Local Character Areas that form part of the Randwick Comprehensive Planning Proposal focus on the coastal areas of Randwick City. They have been selected given their unique coastal attributes, diverse urban setting, historical relevance and significant scenic, landscape, aesthetic and environmental characteristics. Their boundaries have been derived from the social, economic and environmental indicators density analysis undertaken by Council, and incorporate the community’s shared values and future aspirations.
Draft Local Character Statements have been prepared for the three Local Character Areas. The Statements provide an overview of the key features and desired future character of each area. These Statements are high level strategic documents that aim to elevate the consideration of character in the development process and guide future development.
The three Draft Local Character Statements for inclusion in the LEP as part of the Comprehensive Planning Proposal may be viewed at the following links:
- Draft Northern Coast Local Character Statement PDF, 8806.6 KB
- Draft Southern Coast Local Character Statement PDF, 6695.64 KB
- Draft The Bays Local Character Statement PDF, 6346.36 KB
It is intended that the Comprehensive Planning Proposal will be put on public exhibition for community input later in 2021.