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Industrial Lands Policy Review

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Industrial and urban services lands play a critical role in supporting Greater Sydney's economy, although in many places this role has changed over time. A wide range of activities operate in these areas, from heavy industry and manufacturing, to cultural and creative uses.

Prior to the current Greater Sydney Region Plan - A Metropolis of Three Cities, there was no coordinated city-wide approach to managing industrial and urban services lands.

The Greater Sydney Commission is undertaking a review of the Industrial and Urban Services Lands Retain and Manage policy under the Greater Sydney Region Plan. The policy applies to 159 industrial areas in Greater Sydney to safeguard them from competing land use pressures.

This review responds to Recommendation 7.5 of the NSW Productivity Commission's 2021 White Paper:

"Evaluate the retain-and-manage approach to managing industrial and urban services land in Greater Sydney against alternative approaches, to identify what would maximise net benefits to the State. Adopt the approach that maximises the State's welfare in the next update to the Greater Sydney Region Plan."

The review is being undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and NSW Treasury.

Please email ilr@gsc.nsw.gov.au if you have any further enquiries.

The review is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.

What we have heard from you

Your valuable feedback is being incorporated into the review at multiple phases.

Phase 1 (June-September)

During Phase 1 of the review we sought your detailed views on:

  • The benefits and challenges of the existing Retain and Manage policy
  • Opportunities for the future

During this phase we received 53 submissions, which are published in the table below. Submissions are published in alphabetical order by organisation name, except where anonymity has been requested.

Phase 1 extensive engagement with industry, state and local government has now concluded and an engagement report has been released.

Phase 2 (October-December)

Phase 2 engagement is currently underway, and details are contained in the project update. We are seeking your feedback on the objectives that the GSC and NSW Government will seek to achieve through industrial lands policy and the high-level policy scenarios being considered to achieve these objectives.

We hosted two information sessions – Industry Reference Group Information Session on Monday 11 October, and Local Government Reference Group Information Session on Tuesday 12 October.

At these sessions you asked us questions about the policy objectives, the policy scenarios and the review more generally. Read the Q&As.

An online survey that sought stakeholder feedback on the policy objectives and scenarios was open from 5 October to 22 October 2021.


Documents relating to project establishment and scope

Project Scope of Work for Technical Consultants (PDF, 244KB)

Industrial Lands Policy Review Terms of Reference (PDF, 169KB)

Industrial Lands Policy Review Summary (PDF, 248KB)

Industrial Lands Policy Review Precincts (PDF, 438KB)

Documents relating to Phase 1 engagement

Industrial Lands Policy Review - Phase 1 Engagement Report (PDF, 2MB)

Documents relating to Phase 2 engagement

Industrial Lands Policy Review - Project Update for Reference Groups October 2021 (PDF, 661KB)

Industrial Lands Policy Review - Q&As (PDF, 346KB)

Industrial Lands Policy Review - Industry information session recording

Industrial Lands Policy Review - Local Government information session recording