Employment Lands LEP Update

On 7 December 2022, the NSW Department of Planning and Environment confirmed that it will replace the existing Business and Industrial zones in Local Environmental Plans across the state with new employment zones. The new zones will commence on 26 April 2023.

The changes are intended to simplify the planning system by reducing the number of employment related zones without removing any existing development rights. The new zones are intended to be more flexible and allow more options for landowners.

The new employment zone tables and other amendments to the Ryde LEP2014 may be viewed online at NSW Legislation.

A detailed explanation of the zone changes and may be found on the NSW Planning Portal.

The zone mapping can be viewed online at ePlanning Spatial Viewer which shows how the new zones apply to the Ryde LGA or a specific property.

A summary of how the old zones will translate to the new zones is provided in the table below:

Zone Translation Table
Old Business and Industrial zone New Employment zone
B1 Neighbourhood Centre E1 Local Centre
B3 Commercial Core E2 Commercial Centre
B4 Mixed Use MU1 Mixed Use

B5 Business Development

B6 Enterprise Corridor

B7 Business Park
E3 Productivity Support
IN2 Light Industrial E4 General Industrial
IN4 Working Waterfront W4 Working Waterfront

The new zones will come into effect on 26 April 2023 and replace the old zones.  

Applicants may lodge development applications under the current Business and Employment zones until 26 April 2023. Council will assess and determine the application under the provisions of these zones.

Applicants may lodge a development application from the 7 December 2022 under the new Employment zones, but Council may only determine applications under the new zones after the 26 April 2023 when the new Employment zones commence.

For advice as to how best to make your development application, please contact Council’s Development Advisory Service.

Contacting Council’s Development Advisory Service prior to lodgement can greatly reduce the time it takes for an application to be approved and can assist you in discussion with other planning professionals you may need to help you with your application.

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