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Greater Sydney Commission Launches Review of Industrial and Urban Services Lands Policy

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The Greater Sydney Commission today commenced a review of the current NSW Government policy governing Greater Sydney's industrial and urban services lands, where things can be made, repaired, warehoused, sold and delivered to and from.

The review, conducted in partnership with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and the NSW Productivity Commission, focuses on areas currently designated as 'retain and manage' which was applied to protect them from other uses such as residential and mixed-use zones.

Chief Commissioner, Geoff Roberts AM said the GSC's charter to lead metropolitan planning for Greater Sydney requires ongoing assessment of trends, and influences such as the COVID-19 pandemic, on how the city balances competing land needs.

"The NSW Productivity Commission has requested a review of what is known as the 'Retain and Manage' policy for industrial and urban services lands in Greater Sydney," Mr Roberts said.

"Today we have commenced our engagement with key stakeholders across business, development, retail, logistics and creative industries.

"All 33 local councils in Greater Sydney also are being consulted throughout the process. And other stakeholders can contribute through an online submission portal at greater.sydney/industrial-lands.

"This will be an evidenced-based and collaborative review that will draw on local and international research. It will consider previous work by the Commission and other agencies. An independent planning and economic consultancy will provide further research and advice to the GSC," he said.

Mr Roberts said the GSC aimed to provide a report to the NSW Government by the end of 2021.