Reports Released On Sydney Employment Lands

04/06/2012 5:01 am

A report which provides suggestions on how to increase Sydney’s supply of market-ready employment land was released by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure last week.

The task force report examining Sydney’s supply of market-ready employment land has suggested that a wider range of employment uses be allowed in existing industrial areas and identified a need to prioritise the servicing of zoned employment lands. The department has also released its response to issues raised in the Employment Lands Task Force report, as well as the Employment Lands Development Program 2011 Update Report, which monitors employment land supply and demand across Sydney.

Employment lands are zoned industrial or similar purposes in planning instruments.  They are generally lower density employment areas containing concentrations of businesses involved in: manufacturing; transforming and warehouse of goods; services and repair trades and industries; integrated enterprises with a mix of administration, production, warehousing, research and development; and urban services and utilities.

“This report finds that, as at January 2011, there was three years’ supply of serviced vacant employment land ready for the market, in the event there is a strong development activity in the metropolitan area,” the department’s Deputy Director-General Ian Reynolds said.

This is below the 5-7 year supply benchmark.  The report includes a number of suggestions from stakeholder representatives on the Task Force about how to increase the supply of employment land, including by allowing a wider range of employment uses in existing industrial areas.

The report also listed a further 3,337 hectares of land identified in planning strategies and likely to be rezoned for employment in the future as current supplies are taken up.

The department is undertaking a two-stage audit of the zoned, undeveloped employment lands to identify reasons the land is undeveloped.

For more information visits the Department's website.