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Business Parks: Precincts that are generally zoned B7 Business Park but may also include components of similar employment zones reflecting their broader functions. These Business Parks support a mix of manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, research and development and office functions that enable companies to consolidate function.

 

Business Parks in Greater Sydney are further defined as follows:

 

Major Business Parks: Defined as those business parks which have a zoned area greater than 50 hectares.
Other Business Parks: Defined as those business parks which have a zoned area between 10 and 50 hectares.

 

Developed Employment Lands: Employment lands are determined to be ‘developed’ or occupied when development (construction/works) has commenced on a site and the site is therefore no longer available for development. 

 

Development Application: A development application is a request for consent to carry out a proposed development. Development includes subdivision of land, change of land use, construction of a building, carrying out work and demolition of a building or work. See the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for further information.
 

Employment Lands: Land that is zoned for industrial or similar purposes in planning instruments. These uses include including manufacturing; transport and warehousing; service and repair trades and industries; integrated enterprises with a mix of administration, production, warehousing, research and development; and urban services and utilities.

 

Employment Land Precincts: Areas of zoned industrial land (or similar) land which forms the basis of data collection for the ELDM. Precincts range from less than 1.0 hectare to over 500 hectares. Precincts allow us to historically compare significant clusters industrial land (or similar) across the Greater Sydney and Central Coast Regions.  Precincts are not used in the Hunter or Illawarra Regions. 

 

Gateway: The Gateway is part of the process to amend or make a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, including rezoning of land. The Gateway is where the Minister (or delegate) decides whether the planning proposal can proceed.

 

Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Area: Refers to Metropolitan Newcastle as defined in the Hunter Regional Plan 2036. It comprises of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland and Newcastle Local Government Areas. 

 

Industrial Building Activity: Derived from ABS non-residential building activity data, this monitors the value in dollars of estimated building works from Development Applications (DAs) for industrial buildings, including ‘factories’, ‘warehouses’ and ‘other industry’ (such as industrial laboratories, oil depots, agricultural and aquacultural buildings). Data includes both refurbishments and new building and only includes DAs with an estimated value of over $50,000.

 

Planning Proposal:  A document that explains the intended effect of a proposed local environmental plan (LEP) and sets out the justification for making that plan. A planning proposal is submitted when a change is proposed to an existing LEP. 

 

Potential Future Employment Lands: Land which has been identified in endorsed NSW Government or council documents as future or potential Employment Lands. These areas are subject to further investigations at the precinct planning stage to assess suitability for development. This will consider constraints such as riparian corridors, slope, vegetation, transport corridors, local roads and lot fragmentation. 


For the Greater Sydney Region, Potential Future Employment Lands are identified from: 

  • A Plan for Growing Sydney & the South West Growth Centre Structure Plan.

For the Central Coast Region, Potential Future Employment Lands are identified from: 

  • North Wyong Structure Plan

Rezoning: When the zoning of land is changed in a planning instrument. For land to be rezoned, a planning proposal is required to be submitted and go through the gateway process and be made with Ministers’ (or delegates’) approval. 

 

Sydney Metropolitan Area: Refers to Metropolitan Sydney comprising five districts as defined in A Plan for Growing Sydney. It is further categorised by the East districts (North, South and Eastern City) and the West districts (Central City and Western City). 

 

Take-up: Quantity in hectares of zoned Employment Lands which has changed from ‘undeveloped’ (vacant) to ‘developed’ (occupied) over a 12-month period (e.g. between January 2017 and January 2018) based on Sydney Water data and confirmed by aerial photography and related information. 

 

Undeveloped Employment Lands: Currently zoned Employment Lands which were not occupied by an employment land use at the time of data collection.  It may therefore be vacant or occupied by another use. 

 

Undeveloped and Serviced: Currently zoned Employment Lands which were not occupied by an employment land use at the time of data collection.  It may therefore be vacant or occupied by another use. 

 

Undeveloped and Not Serviced: Currently zoned Undeveloped Employment Lands where a sewerage or potable water service is not yet available for connection, based on Sydney Water data.

ELDM Reporting Map Glossary

ELDM Glossary infographic

 

Page last updated: 01/02/2019