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Draft Local Housing Strategy

Consultation is now closed.


Consultation ran from Wednesday 19 May 2021 to Wednesday 30 June 2021.


Council consulted with the community on its Draft Local Housing Strategy (LHS).

Metropolitan Sydney councils are required to develop an LHS that assist them in setting a clear plan for housing in their local government areas over the next 20 years.

The intent of this Draft LHS is to provide a detailed, evidence-based framework that informs how, where and when residential development will occur to support a diverse and growing population for the next 20 years. It expands upon Council's adopted housing principles in its Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).

The Draft LHS has been prepared in accordance with relevant State Government guidelines, strategic planning documents and Council's existing policies and strategies, including the LSPS. 

Submissions received during the public exhibition period will be collated and the issues raised will be addressed in a post consultation report to Council. Once endorsed by Council and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, the adopted Strategy will be published on Council's website and the NSW Planning Portal.

For further information, view the 'Related Documents' below. 


To deliver coordinated outcomes within the NSW State policy context, the development of housing strategies must be aligned with councils' community strategic planning, local strategic planning statements and local environmental plans. Housing strategies are to be prepared by councils for a local government area or district and given effect through amendments to local environmental plans.

Council's LHS provides an evidence-based framework with recommendations to guide the delivery of housing in the Lane Cove LGA to meet the needs of a growing and diverse population for the next 20 years. The LHS will achieve the following:  

  • Consider and identify the housing needs of the current and future population;
  • Review and offers guidance regarding statutory planning responses to guide the preparation and assessment of future development applications; and
  • Evaluate the current policy positions of State and Council authorities regarding housing, offering a range of policy and other non-statutory planning responses to support the delivery of housing that is affordable, accessible, sustainable and well serviced by infrastructure.

To comply with both Regional and District Plan requirements, this LHS must also confirm housing delivery targets for the following periods:

  • 0-5 year period (from 2016 – 2021);
  • 6-10 year period (from 2021 – 2026); and
  • 11-20 year period (from 2026 – 2036).

In the case of both the 0-5 year and 6-10 year periods, these targets have already been set by the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC). When combined, Lane Cove has an initial 10 year target (from 2016 – 2026) of between 4,900 – 5,400 new dwellings. For the 11-20 year period, Council's LHS must identify its capacity to contribute more new dwellings to achieve a District-wide target.

Based on the analysis, Council is on track to meet, and in some instances exceed, the housing targets set by the GSC. It is anticipated that the 0-5 year target of 1,900 new dwellings will be exceeded by approximately 500 dwellings (totalling approximately 2,400 dwellings). For the 6-10 year period, the GSC required Council's LHS to demonstrate that between 3,000 – 3,500 new dwellings could be delivered. Due to the strength of the existing approved development pipeline, including St Leonard's South Planned Precinct, and availability of other theoretical capacity across the LGA, Council appears to be well placed to meet and exceed the 6-10 year target. Overall, Council is well-placed to exceed the combined 10 year housing target (from 2016 to 2026) of 4,900 to 5,400 new dwellings.

However, for the 11-20 year period, DPIE has projected limited growth for housing in the LGA (after 2026) with potentially only 200 new dwellings anticipated. It is recommended that the additional capacity beyond the established 2026 target gives Council a unique opportunity to seek delivery of housing types that are most needed, such as affordable housing and medium density housing. However, no further upzoning of land for housing is likely to be needed for Lane Cove.

The LHS also made the following recommendations:

  • Prioritise growth in centres and St Leonards South;
  • Develop affordable housing strategy;
  • Encourage (existing) medium density housing;
  • Continue to prioritise the delivery and improvement of infrastructure;
  • Broaden universal and adaptable housing delivery;
  • Preserve and enhance character and heritage;
  • Incorporate sustainable design outcomes; and
  • Monitor and review, as part of Council's annual reporting process.

Contact Details

Strategic Planning at Council on (02) 9911 3627 or

Related Documents