Lane Cove River Coastal Zone Management Plan

The existence of natural and urban environments surrounding the Lane Cove River Estuary requires special management considerations to ensure the long term balance and sustainability of this valuable resource. The NSW Government has introduced various reforms to coastal management, including the Sea Level Rise Policy Statement (2009) and new Guidelines for Preparation of Coastal Zone Management Plans (2010). In order to satisfy the intent and objectives of these new reforms and initiatives, as well as the fundamental principles originally adopted in the NSW Coastal Policy and the previous NSW Estuary Management Policy, Lane Cove River Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) has been prepared by environmental consultants BMT WBM, on behalf of the Lane Cove River Estuary Management Plan Implementation Committee, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Ryde and Willoughby Councils.

The CZMP provides a framework for successful implementation of Plan actions and monitor changes that may present new or enhanced risks to estuary health requiring management. It has also involved the community to a high level in development of the Plan, to ensure that actions have broad community support, are aimed at community needs, and improve community awareness and understanding of the estuary.

The CZMP is integrated with the current Lane Cove River Estuary Management Plan (EMP 2004) and incorporates existing actions already being undertaken by Councils and State Agencies to avoid duplicating actions. The CZMP demonstrates the need for new actions to manage estuary health and also proposes actions to address emerging estuarine issues including climate change and implementation of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD).

  • The Draft Lane Cove River CZMP can be downloaded here
  • There are a number of NSW and Commonwealth Parliamentary Policies and Acts and State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) that are relevant to the management of the Lane Cove River Estuary and catchment. These are listed in Appendix A .
  • Details about Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), its benefits, site selection process, along with existing and proposed WSUD sites in all four Council areas are given in Appendix B .
  • Details of the Community Workshop are given in Appendix C .
  • The proposed Actions Implementation Plan is given in Appendix D
  • The maps are given in Appendix E .
  • A list of links to existing works and useful resources can be downloaded here .
  • The excel sheet that can be used by Councils to update their action implementation status can be downloaded here after you Log In .