There is a need to balance the demands of a growing and changing population with the needs of our environment and community.

The future demands are being mapped out in the State Government's Metropolitan Strategy.

Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah Councils adopted the 'Shaping Our Future' strategy in September 2010 which detailed the need for new infrastructure and transport across the region.

Warringah Council also developed a Draft Housing Strategy that was based on extensive, award winning public consultation titled Warringah's Housing Future.

The first release of the Draft Housing Strategy proposed a number of locations for up to 16,032 additional dwellings in Warringah to accommodate the 10,300 dwellings required by the 2005 NSW Government Metro Strategy (which is now superceeded by the new Metropolitan Plan).

While its intent was only to deliver 10,300 it allowed some flexibility to pick those from several different centres, including Narraweena, Manly Vale, Forestville and Frenchs Forest.

Council voted on 14 December 2010, to reduce the increase in dwellings in the draft plan to a maximum of 10,300. As a result, the second draft suggested the majority of additional dwellings be located in Narraweena.

Council stopped all work on increasing housing following a motion at the Council Meeting on 28 June 2011 that stated:

“Warringah Council immediately cease any exhibition or further work on its Housing Strategy until the NSW Government confirms Council’s dwelling target of 10,300 new dwellings and provides its commitment to funding additional infrastructure requirements to support the new development.”

These documents are for reference only and have not been adopted by Council.