Draft Edgecliff Commercial Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy

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Photomontage of the future Edgecliff Commercial Centre, including residential and commercial developments

PLEASE NOTE: In consideration of the disruption faced by the community during the lockdown, we have extended this public exhibition until Friday 3 September 2021. We have also scheduled three new information pop-up dates under the ‘Key Dates’ section on the right hand side of the page – these will be subject to any Covid-19 regulations at the time.

Have your say on the future of development in the Edgecliff Commercial Centre

Council invites your feedback on the Draft Edgecliff Commercial Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy, a document which will guide future development in the Edgecliff Commercial Centre (ECC).

The draft strategy sets a new vision for the ECC 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.

You can share your feedback via a number of methods (See the Have Your Say section below) until 4:30pm on Friday 3 August 2021. The feedback we receive during public exhibition will be reported to Council and used to refine the draft strategy.

Why do we need a strategy for the Edgecliff Commercial Centre?

The Edgecliff Commercial Centre is a key local hub for our community. It acts as a gateway connecting the Woollahra Local Government Area to the Sydney CBD and more broadly to the eastern suburbs. The centre’s proximity to Edgecliff train station and bus interchange also makes it an ideal location for new homes and commercial uses.

Since 2010, Edgecliff has been the subject of numerous planning proposal requests for increases to the maximum Height of Buildings (HOB) and Floor Space Ration (FSR) standards in the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014 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.

Council has undertaken a strategic review of the planning controls for the Edgecliff Commercial Centre in order to provide a clear and coordinated approach to planning that will prevent ad-hoc development.

3D Modelling of preferred built form (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 ECC’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.

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, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure to guide private and public investment in the future.

The draft strategy is also supported by technical consultant documents which provide a detailed analysis of economic, transport, planning and urban design matters.

Lunchtime information webinar

Council will be holding an online lunchtime webinar on Friday 25 June 2021, 12.00 – 1:00pm to present the key elements of the draft strategy. Register here to attend.

Please note, recording of the webinar is now available on the right hand side of this page.

Have your say

It’s easy to have your say. You can participate by choosing one or more of the following options:

  • Complete the short survey below 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 and ideas.
  • Talk to us at one of our pop-up information sessions (see Key Dates)
  • Write to us, quoting the reference SC6270 submissions, by:
  • You can also visit Council’s customer service area and Woollahra Library (in Double Bay) to read hard copies of the draft strategy and supporting documents.
  • See privacy note here.

The public exhibition of the draft strategy is only the first step in planning for the future of the ECC. There will be future opportunities to provide your feedback on the draft planning controls for the ECC.

PLEASE NOTE: In consideration of the disruption faced by the community during the lockdown, we have extended this public exhibition until Friday 3 September 2021. We have also scheduled three new information pop-up dates under the ‘Key Dates’ section on the right hand side of the page – these will be subject to any Covid-19 regulations at the time.

Have your say on the future of development in the Edgecliff Commercial Centre

Council invites your feedback on the Draft Edgecliff Commercial Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy, a document which will guide future development in the Edgecliff Commercial Centre (ECC).

The draft strategy sets a new vision for the ECC 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.

You can share your feedback via a number of methods (See the Have Your Say section below) until 4:30pm on Friday 3 August 2021. The feedback we receive during public exhibition will be reported to Council and used to refine the draft strategy.

Why do we need a strategy for the Edgecliff Commercial Centre?

The Edgecliff Commercial Centre is a key local hub for our community. It acts as a gateway connecting the Woollahra Local Government Area to the Sydney CBD and more broadly to the eastern suburbs. The centre’s proximity to Edgecliff train station and bus interchange also makes it an ideal location for new homes and commercial uses.

Since 2010, Edgecliff has been the subject of numerous planning proposal requests for increases to the maximum Height of Buildings (HOB) and Floor Space Ration (FSR) standards in the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014 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.

Council has undertaken a strategic review of the planning controls for the Edgecliff Commercial Centre in order to provide a clear and coordinated approach to planning that will prevent ad-hoc development.

3D Modelling of preferred built form (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 ECC’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.

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, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure to guide private and public investment in the future.

The draft strategy is also supported by technical consultant documents which provide a detailed analysis of economic, transport, planning and urban design matters.

Lunchtime information webinar

Council will be holding an online lunchtime webinar on Friday 25 June 2021, 12.00 – 1:00pm to present the key elements of the draft strategy. Register here to attend.

Please note, recording of the webinar is now available on the right hand side of this page.

Have your say

It’s easy to have your say. You can participate by choosing one or more of the following options:

  • Complete the short survey below 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 and ideas.
  • Talk to us at one of our pop-up information sessions (see Key Dates)
  • Write to us, quoting the reference SC6270 submissions, by:
  • You can also visit Council’s customer service area and Woollahra Library (in Double Bay) to read hard copies of the draft strategy and supporting documents.
  • See privacy note here.

The public exhibition of the draft strategy is only the first step in planning for the future of the ECC. There will be future opportunities to provide your feedback on the draft planning controls for the ECC.

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Drop a pin and share your feedback on our interactive map

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We invite you to add your comments, views and ideas for the Edgecliff Commercial Centre, or in response to the Draft Edgecliff Commercial Centre Planning and Urban Design Strategy, to this interactive map. Simply drop a pin on the location you wish to comment on and type your feedback.