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Update - September 2021
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Frenchs Forest Precinct - a step closer
An exciting new town centre is a step closer with the release of the NSW Government's draft Frenchs Forest Place Strategy.
The draft place strategy outlines how the state government will deliver the first stage of the town centre including 2,000 new homes, 250 affordable dwellings, around 2,000 new jobs, public open spaces, and easier walking and cycling connections.
The draft strategy package also includes a Special Infrastructure Contributions (SIC) scheme which provides up to $37.3 million to pay for the required infrastructure including roads, public transport infrastructure, pedestrian and cycling paths, health facilities, emergency services, schools and open space improvements.
The public exhibition has now closed. View the NSW Government's website to learn more.
For Council's role or to view our publicly exhibited documents, please keep reading.
About the precinct
What is Council's role?
With the release of the NSW Government's draft place strategy, Council now need to prepare detailed planning guidelines to support the rezoning package.
To enable this, we are required to amend the existing Warringah Development Control Plan (DCP) 2011. The amended DCP will guide the sustainable delivery of the precinct (including a new town centre) that allows for a mix of commercial and residential development.
The amendments aim to enhance the liveability of the area and ensure:
- the community has access to high quality open spaces including a new large public park, central piazza and natural bushland
- the centre becomes an employment hub for the Northern Beaches
- streets and public spaces are visually appealing, accessible, safe and secure
- connectivity across the area
- water sensitive urban design principles are applied
- a low carbon precinct with sustainable transport facilities and options.
The amendments are detailed in a new section to the DCP under Part G Special Area Controls and can be viewed below.
The DCP amendments also detail a number of site specific requirements such as controls for setbacks between buildings, building design, parking and sustainability requirements.
Council is seeking to achieve a Green Star - Communities Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia for the precinct.
We are also required to prepare a draft Development Contributions Plan (Section 7.11) to allow us to levy development to fund the delivery of high quality public facilities. This document will be publicly exhibited later in the year.
Council has developed a draft Affordable Housing Contributions Scheme which will allow us to collect contributions from developers to provide affordable housing on the Northern Beaches.
The draft scheme is a supporting document to the exhibition of the NSW Government’s draft Frenchs Forest Place Strategy. It has not been endorsed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) at this stage. Council and DPIE will refine the document following feedback from this public exhibition.
An affordable housing target of 15 percent is proposed for the town centre, and 10 percent for other areas (except land at Karingal Crescent). The draft scheme also applies to a site-specific planning proposal at Narrabeen. New areas may be added to the scheme subject to separate feasibility analysis to determine the required contribution rate.
The draft Tenancy Guidelines provide further information outlining how affordable housing properties that Council may receive under the Scheme are allocated and managed. It also sets out criteria for eligibility, rent, management of waiting lists and asset management.
Delve into the detail
*Please note: Submissions counts are only indicative until the final community engagement report is published. The figure above shows the total unique submissions received by Council across all three exhibited documents. These may be counted separately in the final community engagement report.
The submissions received figure does not include those received by The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in relation to the NSW Government's Frenchs Forest Place Strategy.