Planning Our Sustainable Future

Our community is passionate about the Northern Beaches and we want any future development to be in keeping with our lifestyle, environment, local character and changing community needs.

We’re taking our four current Local Environmental Plans (LEP’s) and Development Control Plans (DCP’s) and working with our community and other stakeholders to create one new planning framework.

This is our opportunity to create a roadmap for managing the way our area evolves, in a consistent, sustainable and coordinated way, over the next 20 years and beyond.

Our new LEP, and the Development Control Plan that supports it, must be consistent with the themes and regional directions set by the Greater Sydney Commission in the North District Plan, and it must also respond to what our community told us when we developed our Community Strategic Plan.

We’re starting this process by creating a Local Strategic Planning Statement, called Towards 2040.

This new planning document will outline our future vision, set priorities, and include actions to achieve the priorities and planning principles; confirming our commitment to a sustainable future.

Good planning is all about looking ahead and ensuring we have the housing, infrastructure, services and environment to support our lives now, and for the future. Our aim is to do this while protecting and enriching the characteristics that make living here so special.

Our community is passionate about the Northern Beaches and we want any future development to be in keeping with our lifestyle, environment, local character and changing community needs.

We’re taking our four current Local Environmental Plans (LEP’s) and Development Control Plans (DCP’s) and working with our community and other stakeholders to create one new planning framework.

This is our opportunity to create a roadmap for managing the way our area evolves, in a consistent, sustainable and coordinated way, over the next 20 years and beyond.

Our new LEP, and the Development Control Plan that supports it, must be consistent with the themes and regional directions set by the Greater Sydney Commission in the North District Plan, and it must also respond to what our community told us when we developed our Community Strategic Plan.

We’re starting this process by creating a Local Strategic Planning Statement, called Towards 2040.

This new planning document will outline our future vision, set priorities, and include actions to achieve the priorities and planning principles; confirming our commitment to a sustainable future.

Good planning is all about looking ahead and ensuring we have the housing, infrastructure, services and environment to support our lives now, and for the future. Our aim is to do this while protecting and enriching the characteristics that make living here so special.

  • Towards 2040 Draft Priorities Survey

    7 days ago

    Over the past few months we've been engaging with our community to develop Towards 2040, our Local Strategic Planning Statement.

    This has involved workshops, stakeholder meetings, community focus groups, a community views survey and an in-depth analysis of community engagement undertaken over the past 3 years.

    The next step is to test the draft Towards 2040 priorities with you.

    Please complete our survey to let us know your thoughts on the draft priorities. The information collected will be used in preparing the draft document before we take it to the community for comment later in the year.

    Survey closes 28 April.

    Over the past few months we've been engaging with our community to develop Towards 2040, our Local Strategic Planning Statement.

    This has involved workshops, stakeholder meetings, community focus groups, a community views survey and an in-depth analysis of community engagement undertaken over the past 3 years.

    The next step is to test the draft Towards 2040 priorities with you.

    Please complete our survey to let us know your thoughts on the draft priorities. The information collected will be used in preparing the draft document before we take it to the community for comment later in the year.

    Survey closes 28 April.
  • Making progress

    8 days ago
    Ys consultants workshop

    The past few weeks have been busy, with the team meeting with the Greater Sydney Commission, the NSW Department of Planning, Transport for New South Wales and the NSW Department of Health to discuss Councils progress in developing Towards 2040.

    Council was given some great feedback, and we're pleased to hear Towards 2040 is on the right track. We will be continuing to develop Towards 2040 with the goal of bringing the draft to the community for comment later this year.

    We also met with the various consultants working on the technical studies which are informing the development of Towards 2040 and the Local Housing Strategy. It was great to workshop with them on what makes the Northern Beaches unique and our needs into the future.

    The past few weeks have been busy, with the team meeting with the Greater Sydney Commission, the NSW Department of Planning, Transport for New South Wales and the NSW Department of Health to discuss Councils progress in developing Towards 2040.

    Council was given some great feedback, and we're pleased to hear Towards 2040 is on the right track. We will be continuing to develop Towards 2040 with the goal of bringing the draft to the community for comment later this year.

    We also met with the various consultants working on the technical studies which are informing the development of Towards 2040 and the Local Housing Strategy. It was great to workshop with them on what makes the Northern Beaches unique and our needs into the future.

  • Youth Focus Group and next steps

    25 days ago
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    Hearing the views and visions of young people for their future is always inspiring. Last night with the Youth Focus Group was no exception.

    We talked in-depth about using technology in our urban environment, housing choices for all stages of life and the potential for making the Northern Beaches more liveable.

    Thank you to those who came along – your time and effort is critical to planning your sustainable future.

    This was the last in this series of focus groups for Towards 2040. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us to share their visions for the future of the Northern Beaches.

    We will now take what we’ve learnt and continue to refine Towards 2040 before going to the community for comment in mid-2019.

    To stay involved, register your interest here.

    Hearing the views and visions of young people for their future is always inspiring. Last night with the Youth Focus Group was no exception.

    We talked in-depth about using technology in our urban environment, housing choices for all stages of life and the potential for making the Northern Beaches more liveable.

    Thank you to those who came along – your time and effort is critical to planning your sustainable future.

    This was the last in this series of focus groups for Towards 2040. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us to share their visions for the future of the Northern Beaches.

    We will now take what we’ve learnt and continue to refine Towards 2040 before going to the community for comment in mid-2019.

    To stay involved, register your interest here.

  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community Focus Group Discussion

    26 days ago
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    Our multi-cultural community gathered on Wednesday night to talk about their visions for the future of the Northern Beaches. Each of their experiences and aspirations help to create a diverse and vibrant place for us all. Thank you to those who came along to make it a special night.

    Lastly, the youth focus group will, on Thursday night, wrap up this series of focus groups.


    Our multi-cultural community gathered on Wednesday night to talk about their visions for the future of the Northern Beaches. Each of their experiences and aspirations help to create a diverse and vibrant place for us all. Thank you to those who came along to make it a special night.

    Lastly, the youth focus group will, on Thursday night, wrap up this series of focus groups.


  • Curl Curl Focus Group Discussion

    27 days ago
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    The final of our ward focus group discussions was held on Tuesday night at North Curl Curl Community Centre. In-depth discussions, from innovative waste management and protecting our environment to the changing nature of work and future infrastructure needs, were had.

    On Wednesday night our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse community members will be coming together to discuss their vision for the future of the area.

    The final of our ward focus group discussions was held on Tuesday night at North Curl Curl Community Centre. In-depth discussions, from innovative waste management and protecting our environment to the changing nature of work and future infrastructure needs, were had.

    On Wednesday night our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse community members will be coming together to discuss their vision for the future of the area.

  • Manly Focus Group Discussion

    29 days ago

    The final focus group of last week was held in Seaforth on Thursday night with a group of very passionate Manly ward locals.

    It was great to hear their visions of a more connected, sustainable, vibrant Northern Beaches.

    This week the residents of Curl Curl will have their turn, followed by our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community and last but not least our Youth will come together.

    The final focus group of last week was held in Seaforth on Thursday night with a group of very passionate Manly ward locals.

    It was great to hear their visions of a more connected, sustainable, vibrant Northern Beaches.

    This week the residents of Curl Curl will have their turn, followed by our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community and last but not least our Youth will come together.
  • Narrabeen Focus Group Discusssion

    about 1 month ago
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    Wednesday night was spent with a group of Narrabeen residents discussing their vision for their community, and what kinds of priorities are needed to achieve those visions.

    Thank you to those who came along. We learnt a lot from your input.

    Thursday night in Manly is the last one for this week. Curl Curl ward, Youth and CALD communities will have their turn next week.

    Wednesday night was spent with a group of Narrabeen residents discussing their vision for their community, and what kinds of priorities are needed to achieve those visions.

    Thank you to those who came along. We learnt a lot from your input.

    Thursday night in Manly is the last one for this week. Curl Curl ward, Youth and CALD communities will have their turn next week.
  • Project Information

    about 1 month ago

    Have you checked out our information booklet? Get an introduction to the project and some interesting facts about our community below or download the document.

    Also, don't forget to watch our short webinar for more information on this important project - view it above or access it here.

    Have you checked out our information booklet? Get an introduction to the project and some interesting facts about our community below or download the document.

    Also, don't forget to watch our short webinar for more information on this important project - view it above or access it here.

  • Frenchs Forest Focus Group Discussion

    about 1 month ago
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    Tuesday night was spent in Frenchs Forest with a great group of locals sharing their visions for their area and the Northern Beaches. This is an area that has seen significant change so understanding where that takes this community into the future was a really important conversation.

    A big thank you to everyone who attended. We're looking forward to the focus group on Wednesday night with the Narrabeen ward community.

    Tuesday night was spent in Frenchs Forest with a great group of locals sharing their visions for their area and the Northern Beaches. This is an area that has seen significant change so understanding where that takes this community into the future was a really important conversation.

    A big thank you to everyone who attended. We're looking forward to the focus group on Wednesday night with the Narrabeen ward community.
  • Pittwater Focus Group Discussion

    about 1 month ago
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    Last night saw the first of seven community focus groups take place. The Pittwater Ward focus group was hosted in Avalon and was an evening of discussion about strategic issues affecting the Northern Beaches and also looked at the draft priorities of Towards 2040.

    Thank you to the participants. The session generated interesting and engaging content that is invaluable for the development of the draft LSPS. Tuesday night is Frenchs Forest Wards turn.

    Last night saw the first of seven community focus groups take place. The Pittwater Ward focus group was hosted in Avalon and was an evening of discussion about strategic issues affecting the Northern Beaches and also looked at the draft priorities of Towards 2040.

    Thank you to the participants. The session generated interesting and engaging content that is invaluable for the development of the draft LSPS. Tuesday night is Frenchs Forest Wards turn.