Changes to Business and Industrial Zones by Department of Planning and Environment

Changes to Business and Industrial Zones by Department of Planning and Environment

The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) 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 31 May to 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 of 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.

Public Exhibition Period

Tuesday 31 May to Tuesday 12 July 2022

Submit your written comments

Written submissions will be received by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) until 5pm on Tuesday 12 July 2022 via the NSW Planning Portal. Submissions should be addressed to DPE, not City of Newcastle. Please download the Planning Portal User Guide, 'Employment zones reform implementation: Searching and making a submission' for instructions on how to navigate the spatial viewer and submit your comments.

Contact the DPE

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Planning and Environment on 1300 420 596 or by email at employment.zones@planning.nsw.gov.au.

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