Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres Planning Proposal

This consultation is closed. On 10 December 2019, Council endorsed the Planning Proposal for the Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres and resolved to forward the proposal to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) requesting amendments be made to Randwick LEP. The final Planning Proposal and associated plans will be uploaded to this page once they have been forwarded to the DPIE.

Randwick City Council is currently conducting community consultation in relation to a planning proposal and contributions plan that affects properties located within and immediately adjoining the Kensington and Kingsford town centres.

The Planning Proposal seeks to amend the Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 (RLEP 2012) and establish a new vision for the Kensington and Kingsford town centres.

The Planning Proposal applies to areas zoned B2 Local Centre in the Kensington and Kingsford town centres, and three locations immediately adjoining the Kingsford town centre comprising 16, 18 and 20 Barker Street, 582-584 and 586-592 Anzac Parade, 63 Harbourne Road and 12, 14, 16 and 18 Rainbow Street, Kingsford.

The Planning Proposal seeks to amend the provisions of RLEP 2012 by:

  • Allowing sites within the two town centres to potentially achieve a greater height and density above existing controls (limits as specified below) if the development contributes towards community infrastructure (via a new Community Infrastructure Contribution clause in RLEP 2012);
  • Increasing building heights within the centres from 6/7 storeys to 9 storeys
    (31 metres) across the majority of the town centres;
  • Increasing building heights at two key nodes to a maximum 60 metres
    (18 stories) with demonstrated design excellence (Todman Square and Strachan St Kingsford);
  • Increasing heights to a maximum 56 metres (17 storeys with demonstrated design excellence) at the Kingsford Junction and Rainbow Street sites;
  • Increasing the FSR control to 4:1 along the majority of the sites with the town centres and up to 5:1 FSR at Todman Square, Kingsford Mid-Town and Kingsford Junction sites;
  • Rezoning the R2 Low Density Residential land at 582-584 and 586-592 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, and the R3 Medium Density Residential land at 16, 18 and 20 Barker Street, Kingsford, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Rainbow Street, Kingsford and 63 Harbourne Road, Kingsford to a B2 Local Centre zone, with a maximum FSR control of 4:1 and Height of Building control of 31 metres;
  • Introducing new provisions and guidelines for design excellence to require best practice high quality, sustainable design at the key nodes; and
  • Introducing an affordable housing levy providing up to 200 affordable housing units.

For a useful overview of the Planning Proposal read the summary booklet.

View the documents:

You can also view all documents.

The Planning Proposal Authority is Randwick City Council and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is the plan-making authority for the finalisation of this Planning Proposal.

Separate to this Planning Proposal package, Council is also seeking submissions on a new s.7.12 developer contributions plan which will increase the levy payable within the two town centres to fund new local infrastructure and improvements to the two town centres.

The Kensington and Kingsford Planning Proposal (K2K) proposes changes to the height and density controls. Modest height increases are proposed along the 2.5km Anzac Parade corridor with taller buildings proposed at three nodes; Todman Avenue intersection, Strachan Street intersection and the Nine-ways roundabout.

K2K is a plan to improve the Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres making them iconic destinations with vibrant, bustling streets, diverse businesses and a strong community feel. K2K is about encouraging appropriate and sustainable development and adopting a strategic and coordinated approach to create vibrant precincts where people want to live, work and visit.

You can make a submission by:

  • Completing an online submission through this site
  • Sending your comments headed "Planning Proposal - Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres" to the General Manager by email council@randwick.nsw.gov.au
  • Posting your comments headed "Planning Proposal - Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres" to the General Manager, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street, Randwick NSW 2031.

The Planning Proposal can be viewed in hard copy at:

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

Consultation period: 20 August to 1 October 2019.

Randwick City Council is currently conducting community consultation in relation to a planning proposal and contributions plan that affects properties located within and immediately adjoining the Kensington and Kingsford town centres.

The Planning Proposal seeks to amend the Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 (RLEP 2012) and establish a new vision for the Kensington and Kingsford town centres.

The Planning Proposal applies to areas zoned B2 Local Centre in the Kensington and Kingsford town centres, and three locations immediately adjoining the Kingsford town centre comprising 16, 18 and 20 Barker Street, 582-584 and 586-592 Anzac Parade, 63 Harbourne Road and 12, 14, 16 and 18 Rainbow Street, Kingsford.

The Planning Proposal seeks to amend the provisions of RLEP 2012 by:

  • Allowing sites within the two town centres to potentially achieve a greater height and density above existing controls (limits as specified below) if the development contributes towards community infrastructure (via a new Community Infrastructure Contribution clause in RLEP 2012);
  • Increasing building heights within the centres from 6/7 storeys to 9 storeys
    (31 metres) across the majority of the town centres;
  • Increasing building heights at two key nodes to a maximum 60 metres
    (18 stories) with demonstrated design excellence (Todman Square and Strachan St Kingsford);
  • Increasing heights to a maximum 56 metres (17 storeys with demonstrated design excellence) at the Kingsford Junction and Rainbow Street sites;
  • Increasing the FSR control to 4:1 along the majority of the sites with the town centres and up to 5:1 FSR at Todman Square, Kingsford Mid-Town and Kingsford Junction sites;
  • Rezoning the R2 Low Density Residential land at 582-584 and 586-592 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, and the R3 Medium Density Residential land at 16, 18 and 20 Barker Street, Kingsford, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Rainbow Street, Kingsford and 63 Harbourne Road, Kingsford to a B2 Local Centre zone, with a maximum FSR control of 4:1 and Height of Building control of 31 metres;
  • Introducing new provisions and guidelines for design excellence to require best practice high quality, sustainable design at the key nodes; and
  • Introducing an affordable housing levy providing up to 200 affordable housing units.

For a useful overview of the Planning Proposal read the summary booklet.

View the documents:

You can also view all documents.

The Planning Proposal Authority is Randwick City Council and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is the plan-making authority for the finalisation of this Planning Proposal.

Separate to this Planning Proposal package, Council is also seeking submissions on a new s.7.12 developer contributions plan which will increase the levy payable within the two town centres to fund new local infrastructure and improvements to the two town centres.

The Kensington and Kingsford Planning Proposal (K2K) proposes changes to the height and density controls. Modest height increases are proposed along the 2.5km Anzac Parade corridor with taller buildings proposed at three nodes; Todman Avenue intersection, Strachan Street intersection and the Nine-ways roundabout.

K2K is a plan to improve the Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres making them iconic destinations with vibrant, bustling streets, diverse businesses and a strong community feel. K2K is about encouraging appropriate and sustainable development and adopting a strategic and coordinated approach to create vibrant precincts where people want to live, work and visit.

You can make a submission by:

  • Completing an online submission through this site
  • Sending your comments headed "Planning Proposal - Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres" to the General Manager by email council@randwick.nsw.gov.au
  • Posting your comments headed "Planning Proposal - Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres" to the General Manager, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street, Randwick NSW 2031.

The Planning Proposal can be viewed in hard copy at:

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

Consultation period: 20 August to 1 October 2019.

This consultation is closed. On 10 December 2019, Council endorsed the Planning Proposal for the Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres and resolved to forward the proposal to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) requesting amendments be made to Randwick LEP. The final Planning Proposal and associated plans will be uploaded to this page once they have been forwarded to the DPIE.
  • Finalists announced in K2K Urban Design Competition

    over 3 years ago

    Four of Australia’s leading planning and architectural teams have been chosen to put forward their vision for the future of Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres as part of Randwick City Council’s K2K Urban Design Competition.

    The four shortlisted teams competing for $300,000 in prize money are:

    • ASPECT Studios Urban Design Team comprising: ASPECT Studios Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, SJB Architects and Urban Design, SGS Economics and Planning, and Terroir Architecture and Urban Planning
    • CODA Architecture + Urban DesignTeam comprising: CODA Architecture and Urban Design, Realm Studios Landscape Architecture, and GTA Transport consultants

    Four of Australia’s leading planning and architectural teams have been chosen to put forward their vision for the future of Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres as part of Randwick City Council’s K2K Urban Design Competition.

    The four shortlisted teams competing for $300,000 in prize money are:

    • ASPECT Studios Urban Design Team comprising: ASPECT Studios Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, SJB Architects and Urban Design, SGS Economics and Planning, and Terroir Architecture and Urban Planning
    • CODA Architecture + Urban DesignTeam comprising: CODA Architecture and Urban Design, Realm Studios Landscape Architecture, and GTA Transport consultants
    • JBATeam comprising: JBA Urban Design and Planning, Stewart Hollenstein Architecture and Urban Design, Arcadia Landscape Architecture, The Transport Planning People and Jess Scully
    • JMD designTeam comprising: James Mather Delaney Design Landscape Architects, Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, Bennett and Trimble Architecture and Urban Projects

    The four teams were chosen by an independent expert jury consisting of Malcolm Snow,Ben Hewett, Jennifer Neales, Kerry Clare and Tim Greer.

    Each team will now need to respond to a brief developed by Council and the community and provide their ideas for a vibrant, sustainable and liveable future for Kensington and Kingsford.

    The Mayor of Randwick Noel D’Souza said he is excited to see what the finalists will produce as they rethink the future of Kensington and Kingsford.

    “This won’t be an easy task as the four teams will need to respond to a brief that the community has helped to develop over the past four weeks. Our jury will be looking for innovation, creativity and sustainability.

    “The construction of the light rail through this area provides us with an opportunity to innovate these suburbs along Anzac Parade to create a new streetscape that is inviting to residents, students, visitors and businesses. We want to see ideas that will revitalise this neighbourhood and leverage the benefit that light rail will bring.

    K2K Competition Strategic Advisor and UNSW Professor of Planning Practice Sue Holliday said the quality of entries was very high.

    “The Jury was impressed by the overall quality and diversity and of the submissions received. In responding to the complexity of the brief, many of the assembled teams represented a broad mix of design skills,” Prof. Holliday said.

    “This was in keeping with a Brief that emphasised the need for multi-disciplinary design teams that could demonstrate broad experience in innovative thinking and social, economic and ecological design.”

    The K2K Competition commences on 8 August 2016, and closes on 16 September 2016.

    The entries will be on public exhibition for public comment from 21 September to 5 October 2016 and the winner will be announced on 17 October 2016.

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    Media enquiries:

    Eleanor Garth – 0411 273 976 or eleanor.garth@randwick.nsw.gov.au
    Joshua Hay – 0402 351 459 or joshua.hay@randwick.nsw.gov.au

  • K2K international design competition: Council and community take control of Kingsford and Kensington’s future

    almost 4 years ago

    The world’s best architects planners and urbanists are being invited to take part in an international design competition to imagine a vision for the future of the Kingsford and Kensington Town Centres in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

    Randwick City Council is putting up $300,000 in prize money as part of the K2K Urban Design Competition and is encouraging applicants to think creatively to generate ideas for the town centres to be sustainable and innovative.

    The community will also be involved in the project and will help develop the brief for the competition as well as providing feedback on the...

    The world’s best architects, planners and urbanists are being invited to take part in an international design competition to imagine a vision for the future of the Kingsford and Kensington Town Centres in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

    Randwick City Council is putting up $300,000 in prize money as part of the K2K Urban Design Competition and is encouraging applicants to think creatively to generate ideas for the town centres to be sustainable and innovative.

    The community will also be involved in the project and will help develop the brief for the competition as well as providing feedback on the entries to assist the independent expert jury consisting of Malcolm Snow, Ben Hewett, Jennifer Neales, Kerry Clare and Tim Greer.

    Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza said K2K is a big-thinking project with a strong community partnership.

    “The town centres of Kingsford and Kensington run along Anzac Parade and are an important transport corridor. The townships have changed considerably over the years and are going through another period of change now with the construction of light rail.

    “They both have developed distinctive characters with Kingsford emerging as one of Sydney’s undiscovered eat streets strongly influenced by the close proximity of UNSW and NIDA.

    “While the town centres have many strong qualities, I think people recognise there is room for improvement and increased vitality. We owe it to the thousands of people who live, work and shop here every day to make the town centres strong, attractive and exciting places for people.

    “While change is inevitable, what we can control is how it works for Council and the community. The K2K Urban Design Competition will be the catalyst to develop new planning controls for the town centres to ensure they are unique places full of life, learning and people,” Mayor D’Souza said.

    The K2K Urban Design Competition is also a direct response to manage a number of unsolicited planning proposals received from developers.

    “In the past 18 months Council has received five unsolicited planning proposals from developers seeking to build residential towers of up to 26-storeys (approximately 85m) which is well in excess of Council’s planning controls. This is clearly inappropriate and Council and the State Government’s Joint Regional Planning Panel has refused the proposals.

    “Last year I met with the Minister for Planning to discuss a process for dealing with these types of proposals to ensure a consistency of approach. I welcome the Minister’s support for this competition which will develop a coordinated and strategic approach to this important corridor.

    “Now is the time to develop strong planning controls so that Council and the community can determine the future we want rather than leaving it to adhoc planning proposals,” Mayor D’Souza said.

    Throughout July 2016 Randwick City Council will be conducting a series of community consultation activities including online surveys, forums and urban pinboards as well as face-to-face consultation with local businesses, residents and shoppers. This consultation process will help develop a brief that up to four short-listed competitors will respond to as part of the competition.

    Architects, urbanists and planners interested in being part of the competition should fill out an online Expression of Interest registration form by 13 July 2016. The successful competitors will be announced on 29 July 2016 and their entries publicly exhibited in September and October 2016.

    Further details about the community consultation and K2K Urban Design Competition can be found on the dedicated competition website www.k2k.sydney.

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