Employment lands

Change in our employment lands

In 2012, the City commissioned SGS Economics and Planning to prepare the City of Sydney Employment Lands Study.

The study assessed the long-term demand for industrial and business-zoned employment land within the City of Sydney. This area includes parts of Alexandria and Rosebery, a pocket of land on Parramatta Road, Glebe, and the Moore Park Supa Centa on South Dowling Street, as shown on the map available for download below.

The study was informed by extensive consultation with landowners and occupiers, adjoining communities, business operators and organisations with a strategic interest in the area, such as Sydney Airport and Port Botany. 

Substantial quantitative analysis of future demand and supply for employment lands was also a key element of the study.

City of Sydney Employment Lands Strategy

In June 2014, Council adopted the Employment Lands Strategy. The strategy establishes a new approach to zoning . Both the study and strategy are available for download below.

The strategy focuses on retaining critical employment lands and making space for more businesses and new jobs. While some industrial areas will be retained for traditional industrial uses, new more flexible zones will enable:

  • multi-purpose spaces for new industries
  • offices for new businesses
  • small-scale retailing, and
  • some affordable housing in suitable locations.

The strategy is not a formal proposal to change the planning controls, but is the basis for the preparation of a draft Planning Proposal to change the zoning and the planning controls in the employment lands.

Draft Planning Proposal: Employment Lands

Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) approved in June 2014 a draft Planning Proposal to amend Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012 and a draft amendment to the Sydney Development Control Plan 2012 (Sydney DCP). Council also approved the public exhibition of the draft DCP.

Council has sent the draft Planning Proposal to the Minister for Planning for approval to publicly exhibit it.

Next steps

A Gateway Determination for the draft Planning Proposal was issued in September 2014 and it will shortly go on public exhibition for comment. The draft DCP amendment will also be publicly exhibited at that time.

Following exhibition, the draft Planning Proposal and draft DCP amendment will be reported back to Council and the CSPC. The officer’s report may recommend changes arising from consideration of submissions and other consultation. The report will include a response to all submissions made during public exhibition.

If approved by Council and CSPC, the amendment to the Sydney LEP 2012 will be legally drafted to put the Planning Proposal into effect.

The LEP and DCP amendment will come into force when the LEP is published in the NSW Legislation website.


For further information about the strategy, draft Planning Proposal or draft DCP amendment, please contact:

Tamara Bruckshaw
Senior Specialist Planner02 9265 9743

Last updated: Wednesday, 15 October 2014