Employment lands study

Looking at 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 the Employment Lands Background Report, as well as consultation with landowners, business operators and organisations with a strategic interest in the area such as Sydney Airport and adjoining councils. 

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

Draft City of Sydney Employment Lands Strategy

We exhibited the draft Employment Lands Strategy, based on the recommendations of the study.

The draft strategy proposes new zoning and planning controls for the employment lands area. Both the study and strategy are available for download below.

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

  • multi-purpose spaces for new industries
  • offices for new business
  • small-scale retailing
  • new cafes
  • some housing.

The draft strategy is not a formal proposal to change the planning controls, but is the basis for consultation with the community, business operators, landowners and other interested stakeholders.

DA assessments

The recommendations in the draft strategy will not be considered in the assessment of development applications (DAs), nor will they be considered as justification for planning proposals for spot rezonings in the land subject to the strategy.

Next steps

To implement the draft employment lands strategy, the City must prepare a planning proposal to change the planning controls that currently apply in the area. To prepare this planning proposal, the City is doing further studies on urban design, traffic and access, economics and social sustainability.

Submissions to the draft strategy and the findings and recommendations of the above studies will inform the preparation of the planning proposal for the consideration of Council. If endorsed by Council for public exhibition, the planning proposal will be referred to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure with a request that it be placed on formal public exhibition.


For further information about the study and draft strategy, please contact:

Tamara Bruckshaw
Senior Specialist Planner02 9265 9743

Samantha Bird
Specialist Planner02 9265 9209

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 September 2013