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Ku-ring-gai’s Housing Strategy – Further changes!

Ku-ring-gai’s Housing Strategy – Further changes!

Ku-ring-gai Council is preparing yet another Residential Housing Strategy, a planning process driven by the NSW Dept of Planning to periodically rezone more and more of our established garden suburbs for ever denser and taller apartment blocks. As we have expressed in...

NSW’s Catastrophic Summer Needs Action

NSW’s Catastrophic Summer Needs Action

New laws are urgently needed to protect Ku-ring-gai’s bushland, forested landscapes and biodiversity. Australia’s unprecedented 2019-2020 bushfires have changed everything.  Never before has Australia witnessed an 11,000km fire edge that has burnt so much of...

NSW Planning agenda for megacity Sydney!

NSW Planning agenda for megacity Sydney!

Ku-ring-gai Council has prepared a draft 20 year Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) for Ku-ring-gai that meets the objectives and population targets established by NSW Planning, and its implementation arm, the Greater Sydney Commission. All Councils are required to do likewise.

The Once Lucky Country

The Once Lucky Country

‘The Once Lucky Country’ article makes some poignant warnings about where Australia’s cities, especially Sydney and Melbourne, are headed under current planning policies in terms of housing cost, liveability and jobs. The article appeared in the City Journal and is written by Joel Kotkin. He is the presidential fellow in urban futures…

Higher Density: The Facts Don’t Stack Up!

Higher Density: The Facts Don’t Stack Up!

By Tony Recsei, President of Save our Suburbs. Save Our Suburbs, a community group with members across Sydney, is alarmed at planning policies being introduced to force high-density into suburbs originally designed for low density living. The NSW Planning …
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Celebrating 25 years

Celebrating 25 years

This year marks 25 years of FOKE working to protect the Ku-ring-gai’s heritage and environment.Over this time, we have made hundreds of submissions to Council, various NSW Government departments and the Greater Sydney Commission on issues pertinent to...

Council Amalgamations

Council Amalgamations

NSW Government’s Council Amalgamation Push always lacked validity. In July 2017, the NSW Government stated it would abandon forced council amalgamations, ending an 18-month war with the state’s local municipalities. Local Government …

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Ku-ring-gai Housing Strategy Update

The Draft Housing Strategy (DHS) was debated at the 22 September Council meeting. Thankfully, all councillors rejected this destructive Strategy. FOKE has consistently stated that the Greater Sydney Commission targets can be achieved within existing controls and zonings, with no necessity for 10, 15 or 20 storey towers in our town centres.

However, there was a 5/5 split of councillors based on process, which resulted in the previously passed Motion for a return to existing controls and heights, being rescinded by 5 councillors following the meeting. The DHS will be debated again at the 20 October Council meeting.

Here is the link to the Mayoral update.  See FOKE’s facebook page for more information.

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