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Employment land strategies summarise the economic setting, barriers to growth and opportunities associated with employment land in a particular local government area. 


They identify land use and transport planning actions required to meet projected growth and provide for future local jobs. 


The strategies should assist local and State government collaboration in creating business and investment activity, delivering employment opportunities for Greater Sydney and Regional New South Wales. 


Employment Land Strategy Guidelines 

The Department is preparing draft Employment Land Strategy Guidelines (the Guidelines) to assist councils in preparing Employment Land Strategies as part of their local strategic planning framework.  


The Guidelines, when finalised, will lead to faster and more transparent decisions on planning proposals.  


For further information on the development of the Guidelines please read the Draft Employment Land Strategy Guidelines Discussion Paper


Next steps 

  • The Department is in the process of consulting stakeholders about what the guidelines should include. A skeleton draft Employment Land Strategy Guideline has been prepared to facilitate input and feedback. This is available within the above Discussion Paper. See Appendix 1.
  • The Department will prepare a draft of the Guidelines using input and feedback received from councils.
  • The draft will be formally exhibited for feedback and submissions.
  • The Department will finalise the Guidelines using feedback received during exhibition.
  • The Department will adopt and implement the final Guidelines within the first half of 2022. 


For more information 

You can find out more about the Guidelines by contacting the project team at

Page last updated: 13/07/2021