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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Peter Reeves
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Samuel Wilton
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Zoe Williamson
Craig Reid
Patricia Bloomfield
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Michael White
Felicity Essex
Annie Currie
Anne Johnson
Rossella Tisci
Greg Johnston
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  • Peter Reeves
    signed 2018-05-03 00:53:45 +1000
  • John Davey
    signed 2018-05-01 09:00:41 +1000
    Utterly ridiculous plan.

    Government supporting developers rather than residents.
  • Toby Israel
    signed 2018-05-01 08:29:28 +1000
  • Dawn Hedge
    signed 2018-05-01 06:45:02 +1000
  • Janette Mitchell
    signed 2018-05-01 06:21:39 +1000
    This is so wrong on so many fronts. Having lived in North Ryde for 62 years I have seen so many changes & what is proposed will destroy our communities
  • Rachael Harrington
    signed 2018-04-30 21:45:23 +1000
  • Colin Dagwell
    signed 2018-04-30 20:19:27 +1000
    Colin Dagwell
  • Niki Cosier
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-30 20:07:19 +1000
    Sign the petition: Protect Ryde
  • Niki Cosier
    signed 2018-04-30 20:07:00 +1000
    State govt. has managed to completely botch up the whole state with particular mention to ryde and Epping areas in a very short time. All decisions are against voters wishes!
  • Carrie Valbuena
    signed via 2018-04-30 19:28:03 +1000
  • James Valbuena
    signed 2018-04-30 19:17:38 +1000
  • Elissa Weston
    signed 2018-04-30 18:31:21 +1000
  • Samuel Wilton
    signed 2018-04-30 17:52:27 +1000
  • Kaitlyn Bullock
    signed 2018-04-30 17:48:59 +1000
    There needs to be infrastructure to support the increased population in the Ryde area. Schools, roads and hospitals are already overcrowded and not coping. This also puts “old“ house in the area, no matter how well kept, at risk. The potential profit from knocking them down and building 2-4 dwellings on the valuable land will be irrestiable. It’s heartbreaking to already see familiar, large, brick houses knocked down and tacky, characterless duplexes spring up almost over night, on every street, destroying the character of the area.
  • Annette Bristow
    signed 2018-04-30 17:46:57 +1000
  • John Toohey
    signed 2018-04-30 07:17:47 +1000
    This is unnecessary form of delopement for Ryde. There are other existing sites (e.g. The government owned site on West Parade where they knocked down about 6 brick houses and have not yet rebuilt on the site after many years) where multi level housing could be built on under used commercial/ former industrial land, for additional housing without impacting on the existing “Ryde” lifestyle.
  • Robyn Scarf
    signed 2018-04-29 22:38:08 +1000
  • Zoe Williamson
    signed 2018-04-29 21:47:53 +1000
  • Craig Reid
    signed 2018-04-29 16:11:29 +1000
  • Patricia Bloomfield
    signed 2018-04-28 23:12:51 +1000
    Please stop this ridiculous overdevlopment. Ryde already is showing the disastrous effects of recent policies. Our street is already a nightmare of construction sites with pressures now on residents due to parking and infrastructure changes.
  • Linh Lieu
    signed 2018-04-28 21:02:09 +1000
  • Gail Veness
    signed 2018-04-28 19:47:58 +1000
    Gail Veness
  • Penny Widmer
    signed 2018-04-28 19:47:31 +1000
  • jeremy forkgen
    signed 2018-04-28 18:18:21 +1000
    While I support increased population I disagree with it being unevenly distributed across all councils such as Lane Cove.

    I also disagree with the Govt fast tracking planning approvals against the voted resolution of local council.
  • Michael White
    signed 2018-04-28 14:23:53 +1000
  • Felicity Essex
    signed 2018-04-28 10:00:18 +1000
  • Annie Currie
    signed 2018-04-27 21:11:19 +1000
    Traffic in Ryde is at a standstill as it is. Our suburb cannot sustain all this development without adequate infrastructure.
  • Anne Johnson
    signed 2018-04-27 19:52:03 +1000
    I have always been a liberal voter until recently ( our wonderful Mayor, my first switch ) ——- I’m not impressed at all with the Liberal party I have supported for ? 40 years —— this may be the last straw . I am disillusioned. Stop this now please, it’s wrong .
  • Rossella Tisci
    signed 2018-04-27 18:14:01 +1000
  • Greg Johnston
    signed 2018-04-27 15:37:46 +1000
    I oppose the proposals to allow Manor homes and terraces to be built in low density zones as I have lived in this municipality at the same address for thirty five years and have observered a decline in the general amenity of the area due to increased development . I fear the approval of these developments would exacerbate tree loss, further restrict parking availability, increase traffic congestion and other overcrowding flow on effects in our schools and hospitals.