Despair – Low- & Mid-rise Housing & Dual Occupancies

These plans will certainly be devastating for Ku-ring-gai.

However, we wait in hope, hoping that Ku-ring-gai Council’s legal challenge and the Hon. Scott Farlow’s Disallowance Bill against the Transport Oriented Development will be successful.

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing) Amendment (Dual Occupancies and Semi-detached Dwellings) 2024 came into effect on 1 July, 2024.  

The NSW Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure announcement can be read HERE

Ku-ring-gai Council held five public forums explaining how the Low and Mid-rise housing plans would impact on neighbourhoods zoned R2 (Low Density Residential) across Ku-ring-gai from 17 June to 1 July, 2024.

The low and mid-rise housing provisions will permit terraces and manor houses (two storey apartment blocks) on sites within 800 metres of all train stations, and other major retail areas such as St Ives Shopping Village. Mid-rise apartment blocks will be allowed in R3 medium density zones.

The policy will not apply to heritage listed items but will be allowed in heritage conservation areas.

Dual occupancies will also be allowed in most residential zones across NSW, providing a site is larger than 450 square metres.

If you didn’t get to one of the Ku-ring-gai Council’s Community Forum for Low and Mid-rise Forums, you can see the presentations below:

1. Updated Community Forum presentation that outlines relevant information and maps for all Wards. See HERE

2. the Forum held for Roseville Ward that occurred on the day of the gazettal of the State Environment Planning Policy (Housing) Amendment (Dual Occupancies and Semi-detached Dwellings) 2024 on 1 July. See HERE

3. Gordon Housing Forum, 17 June, 2024 recording BELOW: