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Mosman Bay housing

Residential Development Strategy

Mosman’s long-established residential development strategy (RDS) has evolved to ensure that housing provision in the municipality responds to local conditions and reflects community values. This strategy is embodied in Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012 – in the objectives, land use zones and development standards applied throughout the municipality.

The strategy seeks to:
  • retain housing choice, that is, a mix of single dwelling-houses, semi-detached dwellings and dwellings within residential flat buildings, multi-dwelling housing and the like;
  • concentrate redevelopment opportunities along Mosman’s ‘spine’, that is, within the vicinity of Spit/Military Roads, in particular within business centres as part of mixed use developments, and close to public transport opportunities; and
  • protect the low density residential areas, being land within the visually prominent foreshores of Sydney and Middle Harbours, including land affected by bushfire, acid sulphate soils and/or of heritage significance.
Mosman’s Residential Development Strategy was first published in 1996. The main conclusions drawn then remain true today:
  • Mosman continues to meet relevant objectives of the State’s metropolitan strategy by providing housing choice, over 60% of all housing as medium density, and redevelopment zones along public transport routes close to shops and community facilities.
  • High property values in Mosman limits housing choice for low income earners and directly influences population characteristics.
  • Mosman is a well-established residential area with little surplus land for rezoning however local redevelopment opportunities exist in the non-environmentally sensitive areas of Mosman.

The strategy was updated in 2016 and can be viewed here.

In 2020, a new Local Housing Strategy will be drafted to meet the requirements of the Greater Sydney Commission and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.