A change of land zoning proposed by Lake Macquarie council would open the door for medium-density housing in a large part of Windale.

In May 2019 Councillors voted to support a planning proposal that, if approved by the Department of Planning, would encourage medium-density housing in the walkable area between Windale and Mount Hutton shops, and enable expansion of the Windale shops.

The rezoning proposes the following changes to Windale zoning:

The area between the Windale and Mount Hutton shops 

Amend the Land Zone Map in the accessible area between the Mount Hutton and Windale shops from R2 Low Density Residential to R3 Medium Density Residential. This will create an additional 18.95 hectares of R3 zoned land. 

Land to be rezoned from R2 to R3, will have a corresponding increase to the: 

  • Height of Building Map from a maximum of 8.5m to 10m, and 
  • Lot Size Map from a minimum of 450m2 to 900m2 

Impact of the rezoning

The rezoning will see the density of development increasing to allow for multi dwelling housing and residential flat buildings with a new height limit of 10m. The downside is for any landowners wanting to subdivide as the minimum lot size requirement is now doubling from 450sqm to 900sqm. Any land owners wanting to subdivide will need to look at lodging their development applications as soon as possible. 

Land across the road from the existing Windale Shops

Rezone land on the opposite side of Lake Street, across from the existing Windale shops from R3 Medium Density Residential to B1 Neighbourhood Centre. This will create an additional 0.72 hectares of B1 zone, compared to the existing 0.64 hectares of B1 zone at the Windale shops.

Land to be rezoned from R3 to B1 will change from having a minimum lot size of 900m2 to having no minimum lot size, which is consistent with the B1 zone elsewhere in the City.

All of the existing and proposed B1 land at the Windale shops will have an increase in the Height of Building Map from 10m to 13m, which is equivalent to a 3-storey building.

Impact of the rezoning

The area on Lake Street opposite the Windale local shops is currently zoned R2 which permits residential land uses such as dwellings, multi dwelling housing and will be rezoning to a B1 Zoning. This will limit the development potential for the existing dwellings beyond allowing the sale of these properties for the establishment of new commercial buildings with the allowance for shop top housing. 

Land off Yertala Close in the south of Windale 

Remove the Land Reservation Acquisition Map (LRA Map) from land near Frazer Creek and Croker Creek. 

Tidy up the zone boundaries and accompanying maps to reflect the existing use of the land and property boundaries, including: 

  • Change the Land Zone Map so that several residential allotments currently zoned E2 Environmental Conservation will instead be zoned R2 Low Density Residential; 
  • Change the Land Zone Map so that land within the residue allotment containing Frazer Creek that is currently zoned R2 Low Density Residential will instead by zoned E2 Environmental Conservation; and 
  • Change the Land Zone Map so that all of the RE1 Public Open Space land becomes R2 Low Density Residential, as the land is not currently used a park and does not meet Council’s requirements for a park. 

Impact of the zoning

The main change for the zone that will impact future development is the reduction of permissible land uses for sites that are currently R2. The E2 Zone limits dual occupancies to attached dual occupancies and does not allow for semi detached dwellings.

Land off Mulga Street and Munro Street

Tidy up the zone boundaries and accompanying maps to reflect the existing use of the land and property boundaries. This involves minor changes to the boundaries of the Land Zone Map so that the residential part of this block is zoned R3 Medium Density Residential and the open space drainage reserve is zoned RE1 Open Space. 

These changes will be accompanied by corresponding changes to the following maps: 

  • Amend the Height of Buildings Map so all land to be zoned R3 Residential has a maximum height of 10m and all land zoned RE1 Open Space has a maximum height of 8.5m. 
  • Amend the Lot Size Map so all land zoned R3 Residential has a minimum lot size of 450m2 and all RE1 Open Space land has no minimum lot size. 


The rezoning will hopefully create a boom for the area with the introduction of a new town centre with shops and medium density developments. The next step in the process is to progress the planning proposal through the Gateway Process which will involve the planning proposal being on public exhibition. Residents should provide submissions to this document to ensure that the area is shaped for the benefit of the area and not land developers.

How we can help?

Outlook Planning and Development are a local town planning firm based within the Newcastle local government area with strong ties to the Windale area. If you are concerned with the rezoning of the site then please feel free to give us a call or email. We have helped stopped many rezoning and development applications over our career and can assist you to ensure your property is safe as a result of this rezoning.

If you currently own a property in the Windale area feel free to contact us and we can assess what the impacts the proposed changes will have on your property.


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