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Updates to the draft Inner West Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2020


Following the public exhibition of the draft Inner West LEP 2020 in April this year, the Urban Strategy Team updated some of the proposals in response to community feedback before the documents went to a Council meeting.

At the 9 June 2020 Council Meeting, Council resolved to defer consideration of the draft Inner West LEP 2020 until the 23 June 2020. This is to enable further consultation with local communities concerned about elements of the draft LEP, particularly in relation to the Moore Street Industrial Precinct and the Summer


Updates to the draft Inner West Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2020


Following the public exhibition of the draft Inner West LEP 2020 in April this year, the Urban Strategy Team updated some of the proposals in response to community feedback before the documents went to a Council meeting.

At the 9 June 2020 Council Meeting, Council resolved to defer consideration of the draft Inner West LEP 2020 until the 23 June 2020. This is to enable further consultation with local communities concerned about elements of the draft LEP, particularly in relation to the Moore Street Industrial Precinct and the Summer Hill Flour Mill Complex.

Changes that have occurred since the draft LEP was placed on public exhibition include but are not limited to:

  • The Moore Street Industrial Precinct will now retain its IN2 Light Industrial zoning (previously proposed to be rezoned to an IN1 General Industrial zoning). Play our video presentation below to find out what's changed
  • Additional changes to the heritage listing for the Summer Hill Flour Mill Complex. Play our video presentation below to find out what's changed

Post exhibition changes to the Moore Street industrial precinct


View the Moore Street Industrial Precinct presentation slides

View the land use table comparing permissible uses in the IN2 Light Industrial zone, Leichhardt LEP 2013 and Draft Inner West LEP 2020.


Post exhibition changes made to the Summer Hill Flour Mill heritage listing


View the Summer Hill Flour Mill presentation slides


Have a question for us?

If you would like further clarification on the changes that were made post exhibition, please let us know:

  • Via our Q&A tool to submit your question and view the responses to any past questions
  • Call the Urban Strategy team on 9392 5167
    • Friday 12 June 9am - 5pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 13-14 June 10am - 12pm, 2pm - 5pm


April 2020 public exhibition content

View the Your Say Inner West copy of the public exhibition of the draft Inner West LEP 2020.


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    What impact did the rezoning of marrackville industrial land to residential in 2017 have on the need to rezone (under the previous draft LEP where it was proposed to be rezoned to general industrial IN1) the moore street precinct? Didn’t the 2014 industrial land study to Leichhardt city council (page 20) foresee the additional “pressure” to industrial intensification on the Moore street and Campbelltown precincts? I note, your team has been asked this 3 times this weekend and somehow this question still isn’t being answered. I expect this entire question and an answer to be posted by your team by 5pm today.

    Peter Alvarez asked 6 months ago

    This question has already been answered below.

    Again, it is important to note that as a result of the community feedback received during in the exhibition period, the draft LEP has been amended and the Moore Street Industrial precinct will now retain its Light Industrial zoning.   

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    We have submitted a site specific submission but have received no response. We understand that such matters have been deferred for a future LEP. Is there a timeframe for when this is likely to be or whether we may expect any formal response?

    clarence asked 6 months ago

    The focus of the first Inner West LEP has been to consolidate and harmonise the planning controls that apply across the LGA.  A number of submissions received by Council were for specific sites. Council will review these submissions as part of the Phase 2 LEP work. Phase 2 work will commence shortly and is due for completion late next year. Consultation with the public will occur in that timeframe.

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    The B5 zone appears to have deleted since exhibition, Permitted with consent uses business and office. Is this just housekeeping as these are subsets of commercial uses and therefore permissible?

    clarence asked 6 months ago

    The B5 zone remains in the draft Inner West LEP 2020. Business and office premises have been removed from Item 3 - permitted with consent as these terms are a type of commercial premises which is already listed as a permitted use. 

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    The “Draft Employment and Retail Lands Study” is not part of the set of documents available for download in the Have Your Say Inner West's “new consolidated planning framework” project. Only a link to the draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy is provided as a “related project”. The Srtategic Planning Department also emailed me a link to the “Strategy” and not the “Study” during the exhibition period. Please explain why this document has not been provided for download in the set of documents that were available during exhibition and why I was emailed the link to the wrong document.

    Paola asked 6 months ago

    A copy of documents related to the draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy and Study are available to be downloaded from the project's Your Say page. All documents have been available for download since the draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy and Study we placed on public exhibition in September 2019. 

    A link to the draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy and Study Your Say page is provided on the Draft LEP Project Page under Related Projects. 

    You can find a copy of the draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy and Study within the document library on the Your Say page accessed here:https://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/employment-and-retail-lands-strategy

    The document library can be accessed directly via this link: https://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/employment-and-retail-lands-strategy/widgets/259401/documents


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    Thanks for explaining the reason of the industrial land loss in Marrickville and how this has put pressure on other precincts to intensify land use. Please explain why Council did not disclose this on the fact sheet or the letter sent to tresident during the LEP exhibition.

    Paola asked 6 months ago
                                                    

    The intention of the notification letter sent to residents was to inform them that the project was on exhibition and direct them to Council’s website to view further information that may be of interest. 

    The fact sheet about the changes proposed to the Moore Street Industrial Precinct was prepared to explain the changes proposed as part of the draft Inner West LEP 2020 which stated that the change was proposed as a result of the recommendations outlined in the draft Employment and Retail Lands Study. 

    It is important to note that as a result of the community feedback received during in the exhibition period, the draft LEP has been amended to retain the current zoning of the Moore Street industrial precinct as a Light Industrial zone.                         


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    Please provide a link to download the Draft Employment and Retail Lands Study

    Paola asked 6 months ago

    You can find a copy of the draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy and Study within the document library on the Your Say page accessed here:https://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/employment-and-retail-lands-strategy

    The document library can be accessed directly via this link: https://yoursay.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/employment-and-retail-lands-strategy/widgets/259401/documents


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    In relation to the answer provided to my question regarding why recommendations for the Moore St rezoning have been taken from the Draft Employment and Retail Study (EARLS), the reply was ‘ that ‘it provides a detailed analysis of each employment lands precinct within the LGA, including the Moore St industrial precinct’. There is only one mention of the Moore St South precinct on page 35 on a table stating future demand and shortfall or current space. It does not contain a study of this precinct or provide any strategies for this precinct in particular. There were two studies prepared for the Leichhardt Council which address this precinct in detail (Leichhardt Industrial Lands Study by SGS 2014 and Employment Lands Study by SGS 2011). The reports are 99 and 184 pages respectively. Please explain how a DRAFT report with one mention of this precinct answers my earlier question.

    Paola asked 6 months ago

    Answered below

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    The Eastern City District is mostly made up of Inner West, the City of Sydney and other areas to the east also in proximity to the city. The Eastern City District Plan found that the loss of industrial development from this District threatens the productivity and sustainability of the city and of the District“. Why did Council not disclose to residents that the loss of industrial land in Victoria Rd Marrickville (sold to developers for residential high density and business developments) has now led to pressure to rezone the Moore St South industrial precinct and intensify the industrial use as foreshadowed by the 2014 Leichhardt Industrial Lands Study?. I quote from the above report: “Marrickville contains a significant industrial precinct along Victoria Road. The precinct provides 66 hectares of industrially-zoned land and like Leichhardt, the precinct faces pressure to redevelop for other uses such as residential. The hypothetical rezoning of this precinct would place significant pressure on other nearby inner-city industrial precincts. This would include Camperdown and possibly Moore Street South in Leichhardt“'

    Paola asked 6 months ago

    Answered below

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    In regards to my question about demographics, Council has replied ‘ The Eastern City District is mostly made up of Inner West, the City of Sydney and other areas to the east also in proximity to the city. The Eastern City District Plan found that the loss of industrial development from this District threatens the productivity and sustainability of the city and of the District“. Why did Council not disclose to residents that the loss of industrial land in Victoria Rd Marrickville (sold to developers for residential high density and business developments) has now led to pressure to rezone the Moore St South industrial precinct and intensify the industrial use as foreshadowed by the 2014 Leichhardt Industrial Lands Study?. I quote from the above report: “Marrickville contains a significant industrial precinct along Victoria Road. The precinct provides 66 hectares of industrially-zoned land and like Leichhardt, the precinct faces pressure to redevelop for other uses such as residential. The hypothetical rezoning of this precinct would place significant pressure on other nearby inner-city industrial precincts. This would include Camperdown and possibly Moore Street South in Leichhardt“

    Paola asked 6 months ago

    Unfortunately, the rezoning of the Victoria Road precinct is one of many rezonings resulting in the loss of industrial land in the Inner West over the last few years as well as to State infrastructure projects. Some of these have also occurred in the lands within the former Leichhardt LGA as well. These losses largely occurred prior to the adoption of the Eastern City District Plan by the State Government that sets the directive to safeguard these industrial land from competing pressure.  

    It is this cumulative loss of industrial land that the Eastern City District Plan seeks to address. In consideration of the limited supply of land and increasing pressure that employment precincts face in the Inner West, Council is trying to protect its industrial and urban services land from further rezonings.  

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    In relation to the answer provided to my question regarding why recommendations for the Moore St rezoning have been taken from the Draft Employment and Retail Study (EARLS), the reply was ‘ that ‘it provides a detailed analysis of each employment lands precinct within the LGA, including the Moore St industrial precinct’. There is only one mention of the Moore St South precinct on page 35 on a table stating future demand and shortfall or current space. It does not contain a study of this precinct or provide any strategies for this precinct in particular. There were two studies prepared for the Leichhardt Council which address this precinct in detail (Leichhardt Industrial Lands Study by SGS 2014 and Employment Lands Study by SGS 2011). The reports are 99 and 184 pages respectively. Please explain how a DRAFT report with one mention of this precinct answers my earlier question.

    Paola asked 6 months ago

    This is incorrect. Pages 196 to 200 of the Draft Employment and Retail Lands Study (as opposed to the draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy) discuss the Moore St precinct in some detail, while other sections of the Study include the precinct within the demand, supply and shortfall analysis. The Study also references the earlier SGS reporting.