Have your say on the future of development in the Edgecliff Commercial Centre
Artist’s impression of the potential built form as viewed from New South Head Rd opposite the intersection with Glenmore Rd looking East (SJB 2018)
Published 31 May 2021
You’re invited to have your say on our Draft Edgecliff Commercial Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy, a document which will guide future development in the Edgecliff Commercial Centre (ECC).
The 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 to facilitate new buildings with a dominant residential use. Ad-hoc planning proposal requests focus on a particular site, which can result in a fragmented and uncoordinated approach to planning.
The Draft Edgecliff Commercial Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy provides a clear and coordinated approach to planning that will prevent ad-hoc development. The draft strategy sets a vision for the ECC and makes recommendations on key built form outcomes including land uses, heritage, building heights, active street frontages, affordable housing, design excellence, community infrastructure and transport.
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.
Artist's impression indicating the potential public plaza on the Edgecliff Centre site as viewed from New South Head Road looking South (SJB 2018)
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 17 September 2021.
You can view the exhibition documents and FAQs online at Your Say Woollahra.
It’s easy to have your say. You can participate via one or more of the following:
- Login or register on Your Say Woollahra and complete the short survey to go in the draw 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 to share your views about issues in and around the ECC.
- Talk to us in person at one of our information pop-ups (subject to any COVID-19 restrictions at the time)
Alternatively, you can write to us, quoting the reference SC6270 submissions, by:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org 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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