In 2006, the trio of Lane Cove, Willoughby and North Sydney Councils, in conjunction with the then NSW Department of Planning formed a partnership to develop the St Leonards Strategy 2006.
This strategic plan set the context for the vision the three Councils had for St Leonards, and identified the poor condition of the public domain in some areas (particularly those within the Lane Cove LGA) as requiring significant attention. Subsequently, ongoing development proposals for large mixed-use buildings in the area have had the potential to impact significantly on the public domain.
There is a need for a strategic master plan to guide the development of the public domain that is evolving. The public domain includes streets and laneways, parks, plazas and malls, as well as areas for café and restaurant seating, entries and foyers to buildings and the interface where buildings meet the street or an adjoining open space. The public domain has an impact on how people relate to, and use, their surroundings.
The public domain allows for:-
- Freedom of movement;
- Access to a range of services and activities; and
- Space to meet in, relax or be entertained.
Above all, public domain contributes to community identity and sense of place. St Leonards, particularly the section south of the Pacific Highway and within the Lane Cove LGA, is severely lacking in this respect at present.
After extensive public consultation, Council adopted the St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan in December 2014. Therefore, if you intend to develop land in the St Leonards precinct of Lane Cove, in particular in and around areas zoned B3 and B4 near St Leonards Station, it is Council policy that you must directly address the principles and strategies of the Master Plan.