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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.

The first round of extensive engagement with industry, state and local government has concluded and an engagement report has been released.

The next round of engagement is now underway. Read the project update.

A short survey about the information in the project update is open for completion by 22 October 2021.

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.


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)

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

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

Industrial Lands policy was last reviewed by the Greater Sydney Commission in 2018, the details of which were public are stated in A Metropolis that Works.