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Have Your Say on a Proposed Development Control Plan for 1 Girraween Avenue

DCP adopted.

The DCP amendment for 1 Girraween Avenue was adopted by Council at its 21 September 2020 meeting and took effect immediately. 

The plan is inserted in Lane Cove Development Control amendment on page 28 of Part C - Locality 6 - Mowbray Precinct as the drawing labelled "1 Girraween Avenue". View the plan below or download it online.


Council resolved that:

“As many of the existing trees on-site as possible should be retained, particularly mature natives, and where native trees are unavoidably removed, they shall be offset by similar species at a ratio of 2:1, preferably on-site or elsewhere in the locality.”



Consultation is closed.

Consultation ran from Thursday, 4 June 2020 to Wednesday 15 July 2020.


Terry Tredrea - Strategic Planner

Ph: (02) 9911 3580


Background to the Proposed DCP Plan 

The Department of Planning & Infrastructure rezoned the Mowbray precinct to R4 High Density Residential in 2010. In total, more than 1,500 dwellings will potentially be built in the precinct, creating a need for more open space for the residents of the precinct.  At the time Council raised the lack of additional Open Space with the Department who agreed to co-fund with Council a strategic review in 2011-12, which was undertaken by JBA Planning.

On 8 November 2019, under Planning Proposal 27, the public park on Girraween Avenue, Lane Cove North was rezoned from RE1 Public Recreation to R4 High Density Residential as part of the broader plan to provide more open space in the Mowbray Precinct.  On 18 May 2020, Council resolved to exhibit the attached plan for the site, specifically to ensure that any development application submitted accurately reflects the approved concept design that accompanied Planning Proposal 27.

The attached drawing is recommended for inclusion in Council's DCP. It is consistent with the drawings in Planning Proposal 27. It will be inserted under Part C Residential Localities, at the end of Locality 6 – Mowbray Precinct.

Key Documents                                        

  • Council Report

  • Council Resolution                                                     
  • DCP Plan                                                                             

  • L&H Corporation Concept Plan 

  • Design Review                                            



To deliver the much needed open space for the precinct, the report included the following recommendation -

"It is recommended that Council and Housing NSW consider a land swap with respect to Council's existing open space at No. 1 Girraween Avenue (1,332m2) and Housing NSW's residential land at No 10-20 Pinaroo Place (2,588m2) (sic). The benefits of this land swap are that it would:

  • Provide a larger, more useable open space recreation area for the Study Area at No. 10-20 Pinaroo Place that is integrated with the existing open space at 18 Mindarie Street and Batten Reserve. The open space could be embellished with new facilities such as children's play equipment, sun shading, seating and community BBQs; and
  • Allow No. 1 Girraween Avenue to be developed for residential purposes (R4) and for it to be developed as part of any redevelopment of the existing Housing NSW property at No. 562 Mowbray Road West. This would provide a more regular development parcel and greater incentive to redevelop this ageing building".

Since April 2013 Council has been in discussions with the Department of Planning and Housing NSW (NSW Land and Housing Corporation) about Council acquiring

the land.

Council has now reached an agreement, which will see the following changes to Open Space in the precinct.

SiteAreaCurrent UseFuture Use
1 Girraween Avenue-1,328m2PlaygroundHigh Density Units
10-20 Pinaroo Place4,255 m2House/sPark
Pinaroo Place Road Reserve450 m2Cul-de-sacPark
552 Mowbray Road697 m2HousePlayground
Total Increase in Open Space4070 m2  


Council in 2017 prepared a design for the new park which is named Mindarie. When combined with the existing small park known as Kullah Parade Playground (1300 m2), the total area of Mindarie Park is 6005 m2.  Meanwhile, the Land & Housing Corporation provided a concept design for development on 1 Girraween Ave, which was approved with Planning Proposal 27 on 8 November 2019. The attached Design Review by Council has found that:


The proposed development is consistent with the streetscape and the emerging character of the area. The proposed development minimises overshadowing impacts to the existing dwelling houses to the south and is supported in its concept form.



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