Built form and planning controls
Indicative planning controls have been included in the final Plan and outline:
- changes to zoning
- increased building heights
- expanded FSR
- street wall heights and setback requirements
Special Infrastructure Contribution
The SIC for the area, which is the first for an infill precinct in Sydney, applies to residential development within Intensive Residential Use Land. The Government has developed a ‘flexible’ SIC infrastructure schedule (amounting to $116,581,576) and will focus on post-implementation delivery planning in collaboration with State agencies and councils to align with future planning proposals and rezoning.
A rate of $15,100 per additional dwelling will apply prior to 1 July 2021 and will be indexed by CPI annually. To help new development proposals adapt to the charge, the SIC will be phased over three years, with a 50% reduction in 2020-21 and a 25% reduction in 2021-22. The full rate will apply from 1 July 2022, and COVID response measures regarding the deferral of contributions payments continue to apply.
Affordable housing and build-to-rent
No affordable housing target has yet been identified. It is recommended within the Plan that further investigation to support affordable housing targets is required. Once established, affordable housing targets will be applied in defined precincts prior to rezoning.
Aligning with recent Government announcements and moves to incentivise Build-to-Rent, an action is included in the Plan to explore these opportunities within the precinct.
Crows Nest Metro Station sites
The Crows Nest Metro Station sites have been approved concurrently with the release of the final Plan. Some significant amendments were made following consultation on the draft plan which have seen a 20% reduction in size of the building envelopes, reduction in the maximum permitted building heights and new design excellence requirements. However, increased job opportunities are facilitated through the revised non-residential FSR controls across the precinct.
An amended concept proposal for the sites is now on exhibition.
St Leonard’s South
The long-awaited St Leonards South Planning Proposal has been approved. The final Council-led plan reduces the residential yield by some 17 percent across the precinct.
The plan requires site amalgamation, substantial open space and a design excellence requirements to unlock bonus incentives. Any built form variations to the development standards are prohibited.