Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres Planning Proposal

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:

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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.

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  • The proposal look pretty good, I hope it transforms Anzac Parade for the better. Am I right that there is no planned review of development heights surrounding the Carlton St light rail stop?

    San asked 4 days ago

    Thank you for your feedback. In answer to your question regarding properties surrounding the Carlton Street light rail stop:

    The review relates to the land currently zoned B2 Local Centre within the Kensington and Kingsford town centres and three additional sites in Kingsford which form a minor boundary extension to the Kingsford Town Centre.

    In relation to properties adjacent to the Carlton Street light rail stop, the properties within the B2 zone adjacent to the stop were subject to review (as part of the K2K draft Strategy) and subsequently Council is proposing a height increase up to a maximum of 9 storeys and an allowable Floor Space Ratio (FSR) of 4:1 at the sites. The properties surrounding the Carlton Street stop which fall outside the B2 zone have not been included in this review.

    More information relating to the exact boundaries of the review can be found using the Interactive Map on Council’s ‘Your Say’ website using the link below:

    https://randwick-council.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=fde7ec24913e4dfcb844477abb6f9c17

    Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.

    Regards

    Randwick City Council

  • Under the proposed plan, are the new high rise buildings required to provide sufficient parking facilities for tenant and visitors? If so, where would the requirements be captured in the proposal?

    https://www.yoursay.randwick.nsw.gov.au/k2k?tool=qanda#tool_tab asked 16 days ago

    Thank you for your question. The K2K plan includes provisions that require new development to have parking. For example, a studio will have no minimum requirement but a 3 bedroom flat will need to provide a minimum of 1.1 spaces per dwelling and no more than 1.4 spaces per dwelling. Part C section 7.11 of the K2K Planning Strategy contains an explanation of the provisions and a table showing the proposed minimum and maximum parking requirements.  These new requirements will be contained in a draft development control plan for the town centres along with other planning and design controls which will be subject to further community consultation in early 2020.


  • Is it true that these new buildings will have NO car parking spaces?

    Vonnie asked 16 days ago

    No that is not correct. A new set of parking standards, which is a reduction on Council’s existing controls, have been recommended to apply to future development proposals in the town centres depending on the mix of apartment types and commercial floor space. For example, a studio will have no minimum requirement but a 3 bedroom flat will need to provide a minimum of 1.1 spaces per dwelling and no more than 1.4 spaces per dwelling. Part C section 7.11 of the K2K Planning Strategy contains an explanation of the provisions and a table showing the proposed minimum and maximum parking requirements.  These new requirements will be contained in a draft development control plan for the town centres along with other planning and design controls which will be subject to further community consultation in early 2020.

    Suggested car parking requirements contained in the draft Strategy were developed by consultants following modelling of parking and traffic impacts of the proposed changes to planning controls, road changes, footpath widening and traffic movements. The analysis also suggested increased bicycle and motorcycle parking and increased car share vehicle spaces given the improved connectivity and improved public transport servicing which is expected to reduce future reliance on private vehicle ownership.

  • It is good to see the council is city planning ahead of commercial development (The Kensington and Kingsford Planning Proposal (K2K)). The congestion in K2K area is starving the further away suburbs in this council like Maroubra, Little Bay ... etc What are you doing to make sure that we are not seeing further delays in travel time to the CBD?

    Maroubra_Man asked 30 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question! The traffic assessment report undertaken for Council as part of the K2K Strategy determined that the anticipated level of traffic from both residential  and commercial development should be able to be accommodated in the precinct.  It is expected that there will be reduced reliance on cars as more residents and employees will use the light rail. Traffic modelling also concluded that the performance of key intersections can be addressed by undertaking design improvements to reduce delays.

    In relation to the capacity of the light rail, advice provided by Council’s transport consultant is that public transport capacity can be met if the light rail together with buses continue to service the transport needs of the precinct. Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has advised that all express buses and some of the existing buses to the City from the east and south will be maintained and that the bus network will be scalable and flexible to respond to demand as the need arises. When open, the light rail will have 15 services/hour. This can increase to 20 services per hour with a 6 minute intervals. In the longer term, the transport analysis recommended that additional transport capacity would likely be required in the form of new mass transit and additional bus services. Council will continue to advocate for improvements to public transport including mass transport to meet the needs of the community in line with the 30 minute City direction in the Greater Sydney Region Plan – Metropolis of Three Cities.

  • The proposals involve a large increase in density and population. It would make sense to allow the light rail to commence operation, and see how much capacity there is for existing residents, before new buildings are planned. Currently, during the morning peak hour, the buses to the city are frequently full, and cannot pick up passengers on Anzac Parade Kensington. It is likely that the light rail will also be at capacity during peak hour. It would make sense to wait and see before new plans are made. The Kingsford light rail is due to commence in March 2020, why must this be decided before then?

    JT3 asked 24 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question. We think it's important to manage the strategic planning process for the two town centres so that we can achieve the community character and public benefits that Kingsford and Kensington deseve.. The alternative scenario of developer led, unsolicited planning proposals is likely to result in a piecemeal outcome, taller buildings along Anzac Parade and lost opportunity to achieve community and public benefits. 

    If the planning changes are endorsed by Council, developments are unlikely to commence in the corridor prior to 2021, in which time the light rail will have been running.

    The traffic assessment report undertaken for Council as part of the K2K Strategy determined that the anticipated level of traffic from both residential  and commercial development should be able to be accommodated in the precinct.  It is expected that there will be reduced reliance on cars as more residents and employees will use the light rail. Traffic modelling also concluded that the performance of key intersections can be addressed by undertaking design improvements to reduce delays.

    In relation to the capacity of the light rail, advice provided by Council’s transport consultant is that public transport capacity can be met if the light rail together with buses continue to service the transport needs of the precinct. Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has advised that all express buses and some of the existing buses to the City from the east and south will be maintained and that the bus network will be scalable and flexible to respond to demand as the need arises. When open, the light rail will have 15 services/hour. This can increase to 20 services per hour with a 6 minute intervals. In the longer term, the transport analysis recommended that additional transport capacity would likely be required in the form of new mass transit and additional bus services. Council will continue to advocate for improvements to public transport including mass transport to meet the needs of the community in line with the 30 minute City direction in the Greater Sydney Region Plan – Metropolis of Three Cities.

  • Is this just a thinly veiled campaign to raise the height of buildings?

    cjtremonti asked 27 days ago

    Hi, thanks for your question!

    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.

    K2K proposes increases in building heights. We’re very clear about this. Check the interactive map for proposed height changes.

    Increasing building heights provides a catalyst for renewal and an opportunity to improve the public domain, commercial and retail offerings, new jobs and to provide more homes for people to live close to good amenity. We can also use the uplift in heights to generate revenue to provide a $300M community benefits package.

    Importantly, K2K proposes a strategic approach to future development. For a number of years, Randwick Council has been receiving unsolicited planning proposals from developers seeking to build taller buildings along Anzac Parade. To date, all proposals have been rejected and Council has been working with the Department of Planning to produce its own Planning Strategy to guide and control future development.

    In the absence of a Council plan for the area, it is likely developer applications will continue to be lodged and taller buildings may be approved. Without a strategy, we won’t be able to control where these buildings go or levy the development to create the kind of vibrancy and community we want for the town centres. 

    Kensington and Kingsford are located just four kilometres from the Sydney CBD and are a dynamic mix of residents, businesses and students with access to good transport and a high level of amenity. But sections of the town centres are struggling. The streets are not inviting, there’s limited public space and a lack of opportunities for new businesses and homes. We want to fix this.


  • Have just had a cursory look at this "planning" proposal and am so very disappointed as it would appear all I am looking at it more high rise blocks on a very depressing strip of Anzac Parade. What a shame that it cannot be seen as an opportunity to create a boulevard feel with more green space rather than overcrowding the space with boring, and probably poorly built, high rise blocks. With all the drama that has accompanies the very late light rail the time could have been use to create a really attractive area of Randwick. Very shortsighted and I guess nothing we can do about it.

    Barbara55 asked 30 days ago

    The Planning Proposal seeks to establish a new vision for the Kensington and Kingsford town centres.

    One of the key urban design features of the town centres Proposal is to reinforce the boulevard character along Anzac Parade by strengthening the built form edge. Key strategies focus on transforming Anzac Parade into a grand green boulevard and softening the ‘hard edge’ of the town centres to provide for a pleasant pedestrian experience (Additional information is provided in 8.2 Landscape Character in the draft Planning Strategy: Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres). Buildings are proposed to be setback, up to 2.5m in key intersections and 1.5m elsewhere to create more space for pedestrians, tree planting and to improve the boulevard experience.

    The Strategy proposes to increase the amount of public space within and around the town centres and also to establish an integrated open space network connecting the town centres with local parks and open spaces (See 8.1 Open Space Network in the draft Planning Strategy: Kensington and Kingsford Town Centres).

    The Strategy proposes various strategies and actions regarding the built form. Such strategies seek to ensure the form and scale of development is appropriate to its location and contributes to a positive urban design outcome for the town centres and to encourage a high standard of architectural design to make a positive contribution to the aesthetic quality, functionality and amenity of the urban environment. Specific actions that address design excellence proposed in the Strategy include: 

    • The continued requirement for all new development involving the construction of a new building or external alterations to an existing building meet the requirements of the Randwick local Environmental Plan 2012 (RLEP 2012) (clause 6.11) relating to design excellence, and
    • Amend RLEP 2012 to require that all new development in the Todman Square Precinct, Kingsford Midtown Precinct and Kingsford Junction Precinct be subject to an architectural design competition process.

  • I really hope this all goes through. Kingsford and Kensington are awful places to visit right now. My family and I live in Kensington. There is no where to walk for a nice coffee and breakfast. The whole of Anzac parade is catered for Asian people and Asian uni students. Too many Asian restaurants etc. I really hope the area is cleaned up so it suits all people and families who live in the area. A Harris farm type shop would be wonderful. The area is incredibly grotty right now and we have considered moving numerous times. Please make the area more suitable and cleaner.

    emilyp asked about 1 month ago

    Hi, thanks for  your comment and question. 

    Various strategies and actions outlined in the Planning Strategy for the Kensington and Kingsford town centre focus on improving public spaces, urban elements and landscaping.

    Strategies and actions are centred on physical interventions to improve the visual amenity, safety and the comfort of the urban environment. Strategies and action focus on improving the town centres public spaces through the widening of footpaths (which will enable more opportunities for outdoor dining), new urban furniture, planting of significant trees along Anzac Parade, and introducing new plazas within the town centres, such as the Meeks Street Plaza which will function as a community focal point (see Section 8.0 Public Realm and Landscape in the Planning Strategy for more details). 

    To fund such improvements to the town centres, the Planning Proposal proposes a new Community Infrastructure Contributions Scheme and increased development levies that will enable community and local infrastructure to be developed to support the growth of the Kensington and Kingsford town centres. 

    These improvements will also support business growth, local employment and opportunities for innovative uses such as start-ups and creative industries.