Protect Ryde

On 6 April 2018, NSW Liberal planning Minster the Hon. Anthony Roberts announced a new housing code which will apply to the City of Ryde.

Starting 6 July 2018, these changes will allow for even more over-development in our City. They allow for increased medium density uses in low density zones, and they are against the wishes of our community and the Council who voted unanimously to oppose these changes in December 2016.

Ryde has taken its fair share of development over the years, and up until recently, our low density middle was off limits. Now the State Government are opening up the entire city to over-development. 

The Key points are: 

 The Liberal State Government have targeted at least 9 local government areas with these changes, including the City of Ryde

 They have changed definitions, which will allow terrace housing and blocks of flats (known as Manor homes) in low density zones effective July 6 this year!

 Duplex lots will go from a 20m frontage minimum to a 12m frontage minimum. That’s 14464 potential duplex sites in Ryde and a potential for 32,000 new residents almost immediately. 

 Blocks of flats (manor homes) will be able to be built on 600sqm lots with 15m frontage. Manor homes are currently prohibited in Ryde’s low density zones. 

 Terrace housing can be build on lots of 900sqm and 18m frontage. Terrace housing is currently prohibited in Ryde’s low density zones. 

 Our 2016 submission to the Government against these changes, were totally ignored. 


To: The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Member for Lane Cove, Minister for Planning

CC: The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Member for Ryde, Minister for Finance, Services and Property

Dear Mr Roberts and Mr Dominello,

I believe that your latest over-development attack on Ryde has gone too far. Ryde has been a target for your Government for too long. Firstly, 13,000 units along Epping Road and now you have made changes so that even our low density suburbs can be targeted by developers.

Our schools are already overcrowded. Our roads are already clogged and hospitals have long waiting lists. Enough.

I demand that you do not proceed with changes that are due to take effect on 6 July 2018. 

Ryde does not want rows of terrace housing in our quiet neighbourhoods.

Ryde does not want blocks of flats (Manor homes) in our cul-de-sacs or opposite our schools.

We do not want a minimum 12-metre frontage for duplexes across the City.

We will not stand for these changes and demand an immediate reversal of your plans. If they proceed, they will destroy what makes Ryde great.

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  • Andrew Riley
    signed 2019-01-19 18:36:21 +1100
  • Claire Cheong
    signed 2018-11-25 20:56:47 +1100
  • Jeffrey Fan
    signed 2018-11-02 08:32:22 +1100
  • Mary Hopson
    signed 2018-10-11 06:44:55 +1100
    We also do not want the 45 and 60 high-rise tower development planned for Ryde by Meriton and Jerome Laxale!
  • Sandra Panozzo
    signed 2018-09-14 11:36:01 +1000
  • Julie Jacobson
    signed 2018-06-08 15:54:25 +1000
  • Kathy Tracey
    signed 2018-06-08 11:47:41 +1000
  • Glenn Haskins
    signed via 2018-06-04 16:28:35 +1000
    My wife and i have lived on Wharf road for the past 7 years. We had started to build a life together here knocking down and rebuilding a house and having two kids one is 18mths and the other 6mths. Our intention was to raise a family in the area which was family friendly. We have already lost Putt Putt golf, we are about to be burdened with years of development directly across the road from us and now there are plans to allow more development. We were recently visited by a neighbour on wharf road who is trying to put together a mass group sale of properties to allow even more high rise development along wharf and cobden roads. This is directly due to the proposed changes to the housing code. The infrastructure is already burdened with cars speeding through the back streets of melrose park and cars banked up down wharf road at peak times. We recently heard Melrose Park public school is also not taking enrolments for 2019 as they dont know if the school will even be there anymore. We no longer feel that this is an area suitable to raise a family in. Somebody needs to put a stop to this madness and consider those who already call the area home.
  • Adriana Mestousis
    signed 2018-05-17 07:54:06 +1000
    Enough is enough. The city of Ryde is over developed. Time for the northern beaches to take their share.
  • Ken Walker
    signed via 2018-05-14 08:01:46 +1000
  • S J
    signed 2018-05-10 12:48:01 +1000
  • Bernard Purcell
    signed 2018-05-10 12:42:11 +1000
    Outrageous state gvt ideological disaster
  • Richard Gong
    signed 2018-05-10 11:21:47 +1000
  • Russell Young
    signed 2018-05-10 09:03:46 +1000
  • Barry Ford
    signed 2018-05-09 23:05:24 +1000
  • Richard Audsley
    signed 2018-05-08 14:52:05 +1000
    Victor (Former resident and now Traitor to Eastwood) and his blind support of Liberal planning incompetence is showing his arrogance and total contempt for his constituents and the environment by allowing over crowding. If he is not incompetent, he must be corrupt to support the continued decimation of the suburb. What can Luke Foley do to hold this government to account and halt this development stupidity. By the way, we don’t have to wait for these new rules to kick in as we already have a 10 bedroom, 6 bathroom private dwelling in my street in Eastwood with 85% or more of the block area as hard surface. This “extension” was overseen by a private certifier and is owned and occupied by a couple and their pre-school child… and a whole lot of “visitors” (filled by room rental advertisements). Street parking is already a problem with the facility not yet operating at full capacity. If this level of development is allowed now with no requirement for off-street parking, the streets are going to be choked and even more congested with the new rules. When i bought this house, I did not expect to be forced out by over-crowding and over development by greedy developers and politicians willing to destroy suburbs.
  • Natalie Ma
    signed 2018-05-07 22:32:29 +1000
    Natalie Ma
  • Barbara Johnson
    signed 2018-05-07 17:04:29 +1000
  • Jonathon Hudson
    signed 2018-05-06 20:49:05 +1000
    To many homes and flats being built with no changes to traffic and roads
  • melissa heidecker
    signed via 2018-05-06 19:10:01 +1000
  • peter heidecker
    signed via 2018-05-06 19:08:49 +1000
  • Catherine Kosek
    signed 2018-05-06 17:34:14 +1000
  • Krista Petrauskas
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-06 16:49:47 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect Ryde
  • Krista Petrauskas
    signed 2018-05-06 16:49:33 +1000
  • Eric Cheang
    signed 2018-05-06 08:36:21 +1000
    Our limited infrastructure services and schools, hospitals and open spaces are unable to cope with existing let alone more people in Ryde.
  • Leisa Hudson
    signed 2018-05-05 14:58:06 +1000
  • guy williamson
    signed 2018-05-05 14:02:12 +1000
  • John Fryer
    signed 2018-05-04 23:53:37 +1000
  • Russell Gabbe
    signed 2018-05-04 12:46:23 +1000
    Where is the impact assessment for such a major change to our residential environment.

    What additional community facilities are required, traffic assessment, additional open space as front and back yards disappear?

    Another premature shoot from the hip reaction by this government!
  • Joanne Spangaro
    signed 2018-05-04 12:26:08 +1000
    Jo Spangaro – there remains a need for appropriate zoning of high density living to ensure recognition of differing types of neighbourhoods and their needs. This makes no sense.