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NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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The NSW Government is committed to stimulating development and employment opportunities following the Covid-19 pandemic. The NSW Planning system is an essential tool to accelerate the delivery of projects, create jobs, and keep the economy moving.


The department has identified that changes to State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP) would allow a streamlined assessment process for industrial and commercial development that could bring forward approximately $2 billion in investment in just one year.


Industrial and commercial development explained

The department’s research and feedback from the stakeholder engagement program showed a strong demand and an investment pipeline exist for industrial development and warehouses. The sector is growing rapidly with the rise of e-commerce, online retailers and the logistics industries. Additionally, advances in technology and automation are contributing to changes to standard building requirements. The use of robotics in warehouse facilities is driving a need for large warehouses as high as 45 metres in certain sectors.


Changing needs for industrial buildings

In high-value land markets such as metropolitan Sydney, new models of industrial development are emerging. These are larger, higher and denser facilities that need to maximise site efficiency. This is because of the limited availability of vacant and serviced industrial land and rising land values in locations that are part of established and future supply chains or trade gateways.


This development type is consistent with emerging global trends for a new style of innovative multistorey, mixed-use industrial facilities. These developments generally combine light industrial, modern manufacturing and warehousing with increased ancillary office space, high-quality onsite food and beverage, amenities and advanced sustainability features.


Have your say

The planning system has an important role to play in helping NSW unlock productivity, support innovation and enable job creation and investment.


We have prepared an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) on a complying development pathway for industrial development such as office, retail and commercial space in the Codes SEPP. In addition to industrial and commercial development, we are seeking feedback on land use and business agility; data centres; and neighbourhood centres.


The EIE is currently on public exhibition until 9 May 2021.


Read the EIE


For more information about the proposed changes and to submit your feedback, please visit the planning portal.


Banner image: Proposed concept for a multilevel warehouse and distribution centre with internal one-way circular ramp system. Image copyright GHD Group 2020; reproduced with permission.

Page last updated: 31/03/2021