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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 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 industrial areas in Greater Sydney that should be safeguarded 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.

It will also involve extensive engagement and consultation with relevant stakeholders in industry and local government.

Please provide your submission by 13 August 2021. Please email industriallands@gsc.nsw.gov.au if you have any further enquiries.

Share your views on the future of industrial lands

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


Project Scope of Work for Technical Consultants (PDF, 269KB)

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

Industrial Lands Policy Review Summary (PDF, 248KB)

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.