Coastal Zones

Aerial view of Ryde looking over houses, trees and the river
Lane Cove River COASTAL Zone Management Plan

The Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) has been prepared in line with the requirements set out in the NSW Government ‘Guidelines for Preparation of Coastal Zone Management Plans 2010’.

The plan will help to achieve catchment management actions and targets across the entire spectrum of biodiversity, water, land and community issues and has the following aims:

  • Water Quality - to optimise water quality within Lane Cover River estuary and its tributaries
  • Climate Change - to plan for and adapt to the potential impacts of climate change on the natural and built environments of the estuary 
  • Aquatic and Riparian Habitat - to protect, enhance and restore aquatic habitats and foreshore vegetation 
  • Foreshore Protection - to manage existing built foreshore assets while maximising environmental values and minimise negative impacts of development on the catchment and waterway health
  • Estuary Health Monitoring and Evaluation - to develop and support coordinated monitoring, reporting and evaluation programs for the Lane Cove River estuary

Study Area
The Lane Cove River estuary is the tidal part of the river between the weir at Lane Cove National Park and the mouth of the river between Greenwich Point and Woolwich. The estuary is highly valued as it preserves remnant bushland of significant ecological value and also acts as a resource for a variety of recreational pursuits.
There are a total of four local Councils having foreshore frontage to the river, State Government agencies and non-government organisations that play a role in management of the estuary. 

Download the Lane Cove River Coastal Zone Management Plan here.(PDF, 5MB)


The Parramatta River Coastal Zone Management Plan has now been certified by the Minister for Planning in accordance with Section 55G of the Coastal Protection Act 1979 and will soon be published in the NSW Government Gazette.

Download the Management Plan here(PDF, 40MB), or visit Ryde library to view a hard copy of the plan.

Please note: As of 1 December 2021, a reference to an Environment Protection zone E1, E2, E3 or E4 in a document should be taken to be a reference to a Conservation zone C1, C2, C3 or C4. Only C1 and C2 (formerly E1 and E2) are applicable to the City of Ryde Local Government Area. For further information please see Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Amendment (Land Use Zones) Order 2021