Have your say on the future of development in the Edgecliff Commercial Centre
An artist's impression of how New South Head Road could look under the proposed strategy
Published 31 May 2021
You’re invited to have your say on our Draft Edgecliff Commercial Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy, which sets a vision for the Edgecliff Commercial Centre to help ensure future development improves the liveability and sustainability of the area.
The Edgecliff Commercial Centre (ECC) is a key local hub for our community and a gateway to our local area from the CBD and the broader eastern suburbs.
Since 2010, Edgecliff has been the subject of numerous planning proposal requests for increases to the maximum height and Floor Space Ratios of future developments.
The Draft Edgecliff Commercial Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy sets a vision for the centre and makes recommendations on key built form outcomes including land uses, heritage conservation, maximum building heights, active street frontages, affordable housing, design excellence, community infrastructure and transport.
It envisions a mix of commercial, retail and residential uses and requires all new development to be accompanied by community infrastructure, affordable housing and public domain improvements.
The Draft Strategy provides a proactive approach to planning, to prevent ad-hoc development and fragmented, uncoordinated planning.
The Draft Strategy is accompanied by the Draft ECC Public Domain Plan which identifies potential public domain improvements in the ECC such as new public spaces, urban greening, and pedestrian and cycling infrastructure to guide private and public investment in the future.
An artist's impression of how Edgecliff station could look
Key elements of the Draft Strategy are:
- Heritage: Conserve and enhance existing heritage and transition the built form sensitively to the adjoining heritage conservation areas.
- Land use: Support the Edgecliff Commercial Centre’s community and business role through minimum non-residential floor space, and focus commercial uses close to the train station.
- Density: Provide opportunities for greater building heights and floor space. This will be subject to meeting certain criteria for site amalgamation, design excellence and delivery of community infrastructure.
- Design excellence: Ensure that new development is of the highest standard of architectural and urban design
- Community infrastructure: Require new development to contribute to new and upgraded community infrastructure.
- Affordable housing: Require affordable housing at a minimum rate of 5% of new residential floor space.
- Public domain: Enhance the public domain, encourage active transport infrastructure and facilitate urban greening.
- Traffic and transport: Mitigate traffic impacts through infrastructure upgrades and encouragement of car sharing by reduced car parking requirements.
Have your say
We welcome your feedback on the Draft Edgecliff Commercial Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy before 4:30pm on Friday 30 July.
You can view the exhibition documents and FAQs online at Your Say Woollahra or in person at our Customer Service Centre (open 8am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday).
It’s easy to have your say. You can participate by choosing one or more of the following options:
- Login or register on Your Say Woollahra and complete the short survey for the opportunity to win a $200 good food gift card (terms and conditions apply).You can also attach a submission to the survey.
- Drop a pin on the interactive map below to share your views about issues in and around the ECC.
- Talk to us in person at one of our information kiosks or webinar.
Alternatively, you can write to us, quoting the reference SC3218 submissions, by:
- email email@example.com or
- letter addressed to the General Manager at Woollahra Council, PO Box 61, Double Bay NSW 1360
Public exhibition of the Draft Strategy is only the first step in planning for the future of the Edgecliff commercial centre. There will be future opportunities to provide feedback on draft planning controls.
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