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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  • Joanne Gartside
    signed 2018-05-03 12:56:36 +1000
  • Jay Eneberg
    signed 2018-05-03 12:45:04 +1000
  • Angelique Slik
    signed 2018-05-03 12:04:40 +1000
  • Rachel Arndt
    signed 2018-05-03 12:01:49 +1000
  • Diana Tagija
    signed 2018-05-03 11:36:32 +1000
  • Valerie Reynolds
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  • Valerie Reynolds
    signed 2018-05-03 11:32:21 +1000
    Valerie Reynolds: The Lane Cove Municipality, which has already exceeded the targets for apartment numbers, is also affected by these changes. The mark of a visually and residentially pleasant suburb in which to live is a diversity of housing types, styles and eras, not a never-ending layout of bland apartment blocks with cookie cutter ‘gardens’ or McMansions. The strains on our health, education and transport infrastructure and on our open space and parks is huge.
  • Leonie Dean
    signed 2018-05-03 11:26:53 +1000
    NSW GOVT STOP WITHTHE GAME OF MATES” … THIS is higher density by STEALTH! Continuing to lock out Our Families from the Housing Market with the Feds FIRB ruling allowing developers 100% sell off to those overseas; no Anti Money Laundering Legislation for the Real Estate Sector – shelved for a decade – how convenient is that? And again early 2018! OPEN SLATHER FOR DEVELOPERS destroying where we live, our communities, our neighbourhoods, our Heritage, our Urban Bushlands, our amenity and privacy gone from our backyards. It is stealing from the Australian people.
  • Nora Jones
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  • Maureen Winn
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  • Maureen Winn
    signed 2018-05-03 10:57:25 +1000
    Until there is a traffic solution this continual expansion of residents is making our homes a hell to get to and leave. We need a light rail or train solution and we do not need medium to high density living until these difficult problems are solved.
  • Ivan Cofrancesco
    signed 2018-05-03 10:54:45 +1000
  • Bob Crosbie
    signed 2018-05-03 10:45:13 +1000
  • Tom Pondekas
    signed 2018-05-03 10:28:34 +1000
  • Amy O'Connell
    signed 2018-05-03 10:25:26 +1000
  • Barbara Buining
    signed 2018-05-03 10:22:14 +1000
    This proposal will destroy what is left, of what was known as one of the garden suburbs of Sydney, where residents lived in a community that cared about the envirnoment and knew their neighbours.
  • Helene Mountford
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  • Helene Mountford
    signed 2018-05-03 10:10:49 +1000
    I find this proposal extraordinary. Our infrastructure is already overloaded with a massive increase in units in recent years. I was amazed when I cut through Meadowbank recently – block after block of high rise units. So ugly. And little apparent open space for the residents. Now this proposal wants to to increase the density in single house streets such as mine. It will ruin the streetscape and the amenity of our area. Enough is enough.
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  • Rosalie Jardine
    signed 2018-05-03 10:07:11 +1000
    I bought here 6 years ago after working here for 30 years. I am very angry with the government and council for ruining the suburb. We have had a huge influx of units and over 3 stories high . The infrastructure cannot cope. The streets are receiving no sun and less trees and gardens.
  • Krista Petrauskas
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  • Krista Petrauskas
    signed 2018-05-03 10:05:29 +1000
    Density housing must be tackled another way. Our historic and iconic homes should be preserved. Greening suburbs should be a priority.The Government should make Western Metropolitan and Regional areas of Australia more attractive with well planned infrastructure and best town planning design practices, and create, encourage sustainable employment initiatives in those regions. Capital cities and Eastern coastal seaboard regions cannot take any more population growth, or botched infrastructure or traffic travesties
  • Angel Shenouda
    signed 2018-05-03 09:58:19 +1000
    This is ridiculous We are already suffering from the number of apartments in Ryde area without any improvement in the infrastructure. This must stop immediately.
  • Mary Heffernan
    signed 2018-05-03 09:53:13 +1000
    Isn’t Ryde bulging at the seams already? Fair go, Dominello!!
  • Maria Kemp
    signed 2018-05-03 09:51:47 +1000
    Please preserve what is left in our area…….no more development!
  • Linda Kerrrat650@
    signed 2018-05-03 09:45:52 +1000
    NSW Liberal Government is building tomorrow’s slumbs today
  • John Badia
    signed 2018-05-03 09:45:02 +1000
    parking, roads and transport cannot sustain additional traffic or residents
  • Marilyn Wise
    signed 2018-05-03 09:44:52 +1000
  • Jonathan Webster
    signed 2018-05-03 09:39:20 +1000
    Already too much development in Gladesville with no infrastructure to support. No more apartments, please