Vision 2040: Shaping Randwick's Future

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Consultation has concluded. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed. You can read the outcomes of the consultation in the report (read the web version or PDF version 32MB) to the Ordinary Council meeting of 25 February 2020.

In March and April 2019, Council undertook a comprehensive community consultation program branded Vision 2040: Shaping Randwick’s Future to assist in developing a Local Strategic Planning Statement and Housing Strategy.

The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement and Housing Strategy are now on public exhibition and open for community feedback. Read our summary document here.

What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

The Randwick City draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) outlines our community’s vision for the desired future of our Local Government Area (LGA), underpinned by planning priorities about where housing, jobs, infrastructure and open space should be located. The draft LSPS sets out actions for the delivery of our planning priorities to meet our community’s future economic, social and environmental needs and aspirations.

The purpose of the LSPS is to give effect to the Eastern City District Plan, implementing priorities at the local level, recognising special character and values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future.

The LSPS, in conjunction with the Housing Strategy, will be used to update Council’s planning controls.

What is a Housing Strategy?

The draft Housing Strategy identifies Randwick City’s housing need and housing priorities and takes a balanced approach to meeting housing needs to 2040. The Eastern City District Plan requires Councils to prepare a Housing Strategy to set a 6-10 year housing growth target and demonstrate capacity to meet longer term housing needs.

The draft Strategy sets a 6-10 year housing growth target of 4,300 dwellings, to be achieved by 2026, and sets an affordable housing target of 10% of all dwellings by 2040. The draft Housing Strategy outlines a range of actions to meet the housing needs of our diverse community, including a range of changes to planning controls.

Vision 2040 Community Consultation

During the Vision 2040 community consultation period (8 March to 20 April 2019) residents were invited to attend workshops, complete an online survey about housing preferences, and use an interactive online map to share what is special about their suburb. You can read the report on the outcomes of the consultation here.

What we heard:

  • Participants’ special places centred on coastal areas and parks
  • Living in proximity to reliable transport as well as a range of services and amenity is important to participants
  • The participants recognised the need for diverse housing types across Randwick City
  • Housing affordability in Randwick City is a big concern for many respondents
  • Only a few participants wanted limited or no growth.
  • Additional infrastructure is essential to cater for future population growth
  • While aspirations for the future character of suburbs varied, common desires were for areas to be green, liveable, unique, relaxed and accessible.

You can have your say on the draft LSPS and Housing Strategy by:

  • Completing an online submission through this site
  • Sending your comments headed "Vision 2040" to the General Manager by email council@randwick.nsw.gov.au
  • Posting your comments headed "Vision 2040" to the General Manager, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street, Randwick NSW 2031.

You can also view the strategies in hard copy at:

  • Council’s Customer Service Centre, 30 Frances Street Randwick, 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Bowen Library, 669-673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra during library hours
  • Malabar Library, 1203 Anzac Parade, Matraville during library hours
  • Margaret Martin Library, Level 1, Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, Randwick during library hours.

Consultation period: 1 October 2019 to 5 November 2019 (extended).

Thank you to everyone who contributed. You can read the outcomes of the consultation in the report (read the web version or PDF version 32MB) to the Ordinary Council meeting of 25 February 2020.

In March and April 2019, Council undertook a comprehensive community consultation program branded Vision 2040: Shaping Randwick’s Future to assist in developing a Local Strategic Planning Statement and Housing Strategy.

The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement and Housing Strategy are now on public exhibition and open for community feedback. Read our summary document here.

What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

The Randwick City draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) outlines our community’s vision for the desired future of our Local Government Area (LGA), underpinned by planning priorities about where housing, jobs, infrastructure and open space should be located. The draft LSPS sets out actions for the delivery of our planning priorities to meet our community’s future economic, social and environmental needs and aspirations.

The purpose of the LSPS is to give effect to the Eastern City District Plan, implementing priorities at the local level, recognising special character and values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future.

The LSPS, in conjunction with the Housing Strategy, will be used to update Council’s planning controls.

What is a Housing Strategy?

The draft Housing Strategy identifies Randwick City’s housing need and housing priorities and takes a balanced approach to meeting housing needs to 2040. The Eastern City District Plan requires Councils to prepare a Housing Strategy to set a 6-10 year housing growth target and demonstrate capacity to meet longer term housing needs.

The draft Strategy sets a 6-10 year housing growth target of 4,300 dwellings, to be achieved by 2026, and sets an affordable housing target of 10% of all dwellings by 2040. The draft Housing Strategy outlines a range of actions to meet the housing needs of our diverse community, including a range of changes to planning controls.

Vision 2040 Community Consultation

During the Vision 2040 community consultation period (8 March to 20 April 2019) residents were invited to attend workshops, complete an online survey about housing preferences, and use an interactive online map to share what is special about their suburb. You can read the report on the outcomes of the consultation here.

What we heard:

  • Participants’ special places centred on coastal areas and parks
  • Living in proximity to reliable transport as well as a range of services and amenity is important to participants
  • The participants recognised the need for diverse housing types across Randwick City
  • Housing affordability in Randwick City is a big concern for many respondents
  • Only a few participants wanted limited or no growth.
  • Additional infrastructure is essential to cater for future population growth
  • While aspirations for the future character of suburbs varied, common desires were for areas to be green, liveable, unique, relaxed and accessible.

You can have your say on the draft LSPS and Housing Strategy by:

  • Completing an online submission through this site
  • Sending your comments headed "Vision 2040" to the General Manager by email council@randwick.nsw.gov.au
  • Posting your comments headed "Vision 2040" to the General Manager, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street, Randwick NSW 2031.

You can also view the strategies in hard copy at:

  • Council’s Customer Service Centre, 30 Frances Street Randwick, 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Bowen Library, 669-673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra during library hours
  • Malabar Library, 1203 Anzac Parade, Matraville during library hours
  • Margaret Martin Library, Level 1, Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, Randwick during library hours.

Consultation period: 1 October 2019 to 5 November 2019 (extended).

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Thanks for the response. Just following from it, do the 'rapid buses/rapid bus links' imply the building of some sort of freeway or thoroughfare where indicated on the diagram....or does it imply just using express buses with less stops?

    luism asked 9 months ago

    The Transport for NSW investigations will determine how the rapid bus links are implemented. It is our understanding that they are most likely to be express buses with limited stops, and may also include some bus priority measures, such as bus lanes and bus priority signals at traffic lights. However, further details have not yet been released.


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    Thank you for sharing this plan. I was wondering regarding the Lot Sizes - when you mention reduction from 400sqm to 325sqm do you also mean frontage reduces from 15m to 12m ? Also do these changes provide the ability to sub-divide blocks & not be strata or torrens title lots? Finally, what is the time from adopting this strategy into practice? thanks kindly Nina

    Nina McDonnell asked 9 months ago

    Council will investigate changes to the Development Control Plan (DCP), such as minimum frontage width, during the next stages of the process. After finalisation of the Housing Strategy, Council will prepare a planning proposal to amend the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and then draft DCP amendments.

    The reduction in the minimum lot size from 400sqm to 325sqm will allow a lot of at least 650sqm to subdivide into two torrens title lots.

    It is expected any changes to planning controls proposed in the draft Housing Strategy will come into effect in 2021.


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    I live in or close to one of the areas marked in orange on your map, but there are no street names so I cannot know if it will impact my area. Are you able to provide a map with street names? I currently live in a semi-detached house. If I am in an orange zone what does that mean for me?

    Mo asked 9 months ago

    The maps in the draft Housing Strategy are indicative, identifying areas for investigation.

    The areas identified on the draft Housing Strategy maps in orange will allow the development of low-rise terraces, manor homes, townhouses and small lot housing, to provide for additional housing choice for the community. These additional uses will provide important housing choice for families, down sizers and/or those who cannot afford a detached house, and wish to live close to transport, services and parks.

    The intention of these areas is to allow for a subtle and gradual change to these areas, retaining the existing low rise character, while providing more housing choice. The exact changes to planning controls will be explored during the next stage in the process, through the preparation of a planning proposal. If you live in the ‘orange’ area there is no requirement to sell or develop your house.

    If you wish to contact our Strategic Planning team and provide your address, they can confirm whether your property is located within the area marked orange.


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    Our houses, which is currently in an R2 Zone is now in one of the Centre & Major Sites Housing Growth - areas. What does this mean exactly? will the zoning be changed and if so to what? This is not specified in the strategy -

    Chrisp asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The areas identified in purple in the draft Housing Strategy maps have been identified for a moderate increase in development capacity. Council will investigate new development controls, including land use zoning, maximum height and floor space ratio (FSR) through the planning proposal process, after the Housing Strategy is finalised.


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    Hi, I am trying to interpret the Council's proposed housing strategy in relation to the State Government's medium density Code. The Council is proposing to reduce minimum lot size subdivision to 650sqm where I believe the Code only requires 450sqm for subdivision. If the 650sqm minimum lot size proposal is adopted in the Council LEP, does this mean the Code cannot be used in the Randwick LGA? Will the Code still operate on July 2020? The Code states that housing developments such as duplexes would apply in areas where duplexes are currently permitted by Council. Does the housing strategy propose to change this? Could you please clarify how the housing strategy works with the medium Code - I know a lot of residents are not clear about this. Thanks, Stewart

    Stewart asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your question.

    The draft Housing Strategy outlines that Council will apply to the State Government for a permanent exemption from the low rise medium density housing code. If the exemption is granted, the code will not come into effect in July 2020, and only Council’s subdivision rules will apply. 

    Map 8 of the draft Housing Strategy identifies a range of measures to promote medium density housing, including a reduced subdivision size in the R2 zone and new low rise medium density areas (page 44).


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    I respectfully demand clarification that Little Bay Cove will only be a major site for housing growth within the current parameters of the Masterplan and that planning controls won't be changed.

    kazmee asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your comment. Council’s draft LSPS and housing strategy identifies the Little Bay Cove site only for its remaining capacity under the existing approval. 

    In relation to the Little Bay Cove planning proposal lodged by Meriton, Council is required to assess any planning proposal that we receive to determine if it has strategic merit to proceed to public exhibition and community consultation. While the planning proposal is not formally on public exhibition, we have published the planning proposal documents on our website for public information.

    We are working towards reporting the assessment of the Meriton proposal to the Randwick Planning Panel and a meeting of Council before the end of this year. At the Council Meeting, Councillors will determine whether to support the planning proposal being submitted to the State Government Planning Department for their endorsement for the proposal proceeding to public exhibition.

    Should Council not support the proposal, Meriton is able to seek a review of this decision and this review would likely be carried out by the Sydney Planning Panel, a State Government appointed panel of experts which includes a local government representative.


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    There's a lot that's concerning about that 2040 diagram, but let me start with the 'Strategic Links' and 'City Transport Corridor', as well as the 'Mass Transport Investigation'. What exactly are these? Are you planning on introducing a rail line or major roadway, or new Light Rail route/s? Are they above or below ground? Will you be envisaging compulsory acquisition of people's homes in the way? Certainly hope not given the stories told by residents who were routinely uppended near POW hospital and were by all accounts, inadequately compensated.

    luism asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your question. 

    The Structure Plan is a visual representation of Randwick City which outlines Randwick City’s natural, built and cultural features. It identifies the area’s features, such as our coastline, key land uses, locations with regional significance, strategic links with adjoining local government areas, and future transport investigations.

    The NSW Government’s Future Transport Strategy 2056 and the Greater Sydney Commission’s Eastern City District Plan identify ‘city shaping’ and ‘city serving’ transport projects for Randwick City. These include:

    • a mass transit/train link investigation from the Sydney CBD to Malabar via Randwick and Eastgardens-Maroubra Junction
    • Light rail investigation from Kingsford to Maroubra Junction
    • East-west rapid bus links from Randwick to Sydney University and to the Bays Precinct
    • North-south rapid bus between Green Square and La Perouse via Eastgardens

    We’ve identified some of these key city shaping and city serving projects in our maps as they have the potential to significantly transform the way we move in and around the City, and how we plan for future growth. It must be noted that these are still just investigations and there is presently no State Government commitment that these projects will eventuate at this stage. In addition, the routes identified on the structure plan are indicative and will be determined as part of the State Government’s investigations. For further information, refer to the Eastern City District Plan or Future Transport Strategy 2056.

    Council has also identified strategic links as being regional connections to key town centres such as Bondi Junction, Mascot, Green Square and between the Eastgardens-Maroubra Junction strategic centre. The identification of these strategic links will assist Council in its future transport planning in order to provide greater access for walking and cycling, reduce car reliance and support a 30 minute city.