Employment Zones Reform

July 2021 update:

The Department of Planning and Environment consultation has now closed. To stay up to day on the review process, please visit the department’s Planning Portal.


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May 2021 consultation:

The Department of Planning and Environment is currently exhibiting the translation of existing Business and Industrial zones into the new Employment zones.  To view the Planning Zones Reform details and make a submission please visit the department’s Planning Portal. These reforms are intended to increase flexibility for business by replacing the existing eight (8) business and four (4) industrial zones with five (5) new employment zones and three (3) supporting zones. You can also read the Planning Zones Reform background information here.

These reforms are to be applied state-wide, and Council has been working closely with the State Government to tailor the transition for our local needs and desires. On 16 March 2022, Council endorsed the proposed approach for Cumberland City, seeking to deliver the best possible outcomes for all residents and businesses. For more details, refer to the Council report Employment Zones Reform - Recommended Approach for Cumberland City’. It can be found in the document library on the right side of this page.

What does this mean?

The reforms will require an amendment to the Cumberland Local Environmental Plan 2021 (CLEP 2021). This amendment will transition all the relevant lands in the CLEP 2021 to the new zone classifications, with some changes to land use tables and affected clauses. The following table shows how the zones will change state-wide.

EXISTING ZONE

NEW ZONE

B1 Neighbourhood Centre

E1 Local Centre

B2 Local Centre

B3 Commercial Core*

E2 Commercial Centre

B5 Business Development

E3 Productivity Support

B6 Enterprise Corridor

B7 Business Park*

IN1 General Industrial

E4 General Industrial

IN2 Light Industrial

IN3 Heavy Industrial*

E5 Heavy Industrial

B4 Mixed Use

MU1 Mixed Use

IN4 Working Waterfront*

W4 Working Waterfront

B8 Metropolitan Centre*

SP4 Enterprise

*these zones are not currently used in the CLEP 2021

Council officers have been working with the State Government through the process of these reforms. The following table identifies noteworthy changes around Cumberland City where the direct transition of zones will be adjusted to ensure the best possible outcomes for our community.

LOCATION

CHANGE IN ZONING

REASONING

Merrylands Town Centre

B1 Neighbourhood Centre lands become E1 Local Centre.

 

B4 Mixed Use and B6 Enterprise Corridor lands become E2 Commercial Centre.

To rationalise the existing mix of zoning classifications, aid in establishing Merrylands as Cumberland’s strategic centre, and improve alignment with both state and local strategic policy objectives.

Auburn Town Centre

B4 Mixed Use lands become E1 Local Centre.

To rationalise the existing mix of zoning classifications and improve alignment with both state and local strategic policy objectives.

Granville Town Centre

B2 Local Centre and B4 Mixed Use lands become E1 Local Centre.

To rationalise the existing mix of zoning classifications and improve alignment with both state and local strategic policy objectives.

Lidcombe Town Centre

B4 Mixed Use lands become E1 Local Centre.

To rationalise the existing mix of zoning classifications and improve alignment with both state and local strategic policy objectives.

Guildford Town Centre

B2 Local Centre and B4 Mixed Use lands become E1 Local Centre.

To rationalise the existing mix of zoning classifications and improve alignment with both state and local strategic policy objectives.

Land at St Hilliers Road, Auburn (bordered by A6, Hall St., Front St.)

IN1 General Industrial lands become E3 Productivity Support.

To fulfil recommendation from Parramatta Road Urban Transformation Strategy (PRCUTS) and improve alignment with both state and local strategic policy objectives.


For more details, refer to the Council report Employment Zones Reform - Recommended Approach for Cumberland City’. It can be found in the document library on the right side of this page.


More Information and how to Have Your Say:

The Department of Planning and Environment is currently exhibiting the translation of existing Business and Industrial zones into the new Employment zones.  The exhibition is being held on the department’s Planning Portal for 6 weeks from Tuesday 31 May 2022 to COB Tuesday 12 July 2022

This is the implementation stage of a reform that replaces Business and Industrial zones with Employment zones within individual local environmental plans across NSW. Implementation follows the introduction the Employment zones within the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006 in December 2021.  

The department has worked closely with each council to ensure LEPs are amended, consistent with the intent of the reform, while also ensuring the land-use planning outcomes are locally appropriate. After the exhibition the department will be working with councils to finalise implementation ahead of the new zones coming into force on 1 December 2022.  

To view the detail of the exhibition and make a submission please visit the department’s Planning Portal and Employment Zones Reform webpage for general information on the reform process.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this work or the consultation materials, please feel free to reach out:

Department of Planning and Environment
P: 1300420596 
E: employment.zones@planning.nsw.gov.au

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