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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Kim Groenestyn
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Jodie Giles
Yogesh Sharma
Mamiko Nakamura
Annemarie Cooke
John Reeves
Edwin Berzins
Sonia Eisouh
Belinda Quan
Fiona Courtis
Sue Scott
Laura Zeng
Kerry Morrissey
Gary Pilgrim
Kathie Pilgrim
Colin Waring
David Samuelsdorff
Beth Kosnik
Helen Horsfield
Leanne McKee
Stephen Caruana
Meg Coloma
Helen Philippe
Kim Bailey
Jan Williams
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  • Kim Groenestyn
    signed 2018-04-21 14:39:39 +1000
  • Brian McLauchlan
    signed 2018-04-21 14:26:28 +1000
    We already have enough ugly high rise buildings in our area. Traffic is getting worse all the time and to what end. It is well past the time when we put a halt to anything than does not maintain the amenity of the area which is the reason we all live here. One only has to go to overdeveloped cities around the world to see how awful it can get and we must maintain the rage against the development madness.
  • Forest Park
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-21 14:15:32 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect Ryde
  • Bayview Resident
    signed via 2018-04-21 13:48:49 +1000
    This SEPP Medium Density Housing affects everyone in many suburbs. None of us voted for this. We like our quiet suburbs , we pay a lot of money to have the security of land title and security of knowing what is in the LEP and plans and what is registered on title as being allowed or not allowed. With ALL the new and existing flawed SEPP legislations, including SEPP Seniors, SEPP Affordable and SEPP Medium Density owners now have NO input, NO say and NO certainty of what can be built around them. There are no standards, no numerical numbers of how many of what can be built in any given area, there are no restrictions so a whole suburb can be changed as any house any block can have any type of development on it. WHY IS NSW GOVT LEAVING PLANNING TO RANDOM DECISIONS MADE BY DEVELOPERS ! Only developers will decide where a new high or medium density development will be built. No proper planning, no review by councils, no community inputs as to suitability and where these can and should be built. ALL RANDOM….
  • Joshu Condon
    signed 2018-04-21 13:25:46 +1000
  • Jodie Giles
    signed 2018-04-21 12:35:34 +1000
    I am absolutely appalled at this proposal. Our local community has suffered enough with this ‘developed at any cost’ attitude. An example of this is the horrendous increased crime rate in our area. Enough is enough.
  • Yogesh Sharma
    signed 2018-04-21 12:30:47 +1000
  • Mamiko Nakamura
    signed 2018-04-21 12:04:36 +1000
  • Annemarie Cooke
    signed 2018-04-21 11:50:30 +1000
  • John Reeves
    signed 2018-04-21 11:45:13 +1000
  • Edwin Berzins
    signed via 2018-04-21 11:43:11 +1000
    It is incomprehensible why the State government thinks these proposals are a good idea. They seem to be anti family and community. The proposals they are pushing might work in cities that have outstanding public transport. We do not have even basic public transport for a city the size of Sydney.
  • Sonia Eisouh
    signed 2018-04-21 11:27:21 +1000
  • Belinda Quan
    signed 2018-04-21 11:20:56 +1000
    No more ‘squeeze’ please!!! Don’t change the face of Ryde further by allowing to build duplexes, block of flats or terrace houses on small blocks. Ryde doesn’t have the infrastructure to cater for all the population increases! Hate the current face changes on Epping Rd, all the high rises and traffic congestions. What a nightmare!
  • Fiona Courtis
    signed 2018-04-21 10:57:52 +1000
  • Sue Scott
    signed 2018-04-21 10:56:56 +1000
    Stop this developer rape of Ryde

    This is more LNP GREED & we won’t stand for it.
  • Laura Zeng
    signed 2018-04-21 10:46:39 +1000
  • Kerry Morrissey
    signed 2018-04-21 10:44:24 +1000
    There’s already too much development in the Ryde/Meadowbank area. Stop it. Most people don’t want this rampant over-development that’s changing the character of the area for the worse. Roads such as Constitution Road already can’t cope with the traffic. Bigger is not better.
  • Gary Pilgrim
    signed 2018-04-21 10:35:08 +1000
  • Kathie Pilgrim
    signed 2018-04-21 10:32:50 +1000
  • Colin Waring
    signed 2018-04-21 10:32:27 +1000
    Change the social amenity, Push the elderly out, Flog their properties, Backscratch the Developers. Victor Dominello MP and the Liberal way. Cash before Community.
  • David Samuelsdorff
    signed 2018-04-21 10:25:14 +1000
    Ryde Local Government Area (LGA) is the “meat in the sandwich” between other LGAs. Several major roads (Epping Rd., Victoria Rd., Lane Cove Rd., Devlin St. together with Blaxland, Balaclava, Rutledge St. / First Ave. and Marsden Rds. were formerly secondary and have now become primary traffic routes bisect the region destroying the amenity along these roads and within adjoining neighbourhoods. Public transport (Epping – Strathfield – City rail and Victoria Rd. bus services to and from Parramatta) have not been increased to cater for already existing housing and commercial developments. Parking is a continual headache in Eastwood due to the eateries and limited access. Meadowbank precint, south of Constitution Rd. is almost one continual wall of medium & high density apartments with limited vehicular access and little open, natural public space for residents to enjoy. Before foisting yet more over development fix the infrastructure for the existing community!
  • Beth Kosnik
    signed 2018-04-21 10:23:30 +1000
    We are already surrounded by highrise?
  • Helen Horsfield
    signed 2018-04-21 10:05:02 +1000
    Helen Horsfield

    this will ruin Ryde
  • Leanne McKee
    signed 2018-04-21 09:55:03 +1000
  • Stephen Caruana
    signed 2018-04-21 09:48:49 +1000
    These self indulgent mongrels in government have lost the plot on keeping our neighbourhoods just that.

    We are creating ghetto environments cause our city cannot cope with a sprawling population without infrastructure that should’ve happened 30 years ago.

    Would they allow a further 40 people living in their homes without improving normal acceptable and safe living conditions!!

    Wake up you selfish excuses as “our representatives” cause you’ve all sure failed representing the people that put you there!!
  • Meg Coloma
    signed 2018-04-21 09:42:24 +1000
  • Helen Philippe
    signed via 2018-04-21 09:41:22 +1000
    Our way of life is being destroyed. High rise is not what Australians want.

    Small houses are being shadowed by high rise.

    We don’t have the infrastructure for so many extra people in Ryde.
  • Kim Bailey
    signed 2018-04-21 09:26:38 +1000
  • Jan Williams
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-21 09:20:53 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect Ryde
  • Jan Williams
    signed 2018-04-21 09:19:43 +1000
    Noooo. No more development in Ryde, this is madness.