Inner West's new consolidated planning framework

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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.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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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 29 days 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 29 days 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 29 days 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 29 days 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 29 days 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 29 days 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 29 days 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 29 days 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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.  

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    The council position on Moore Street is that the site be zoned IN2 light but with a list of additional land uses outside that zoning being expressly permitted. on the grounds that they were apparently allowed under the Leichhardt LEP 2013 but of which there are none currently operating - like timber yards and road freight transport facilities. Conversely however, council are doing everything possible to prohibit development providing offices and premises for creative industries - of which there are currently several operating - for instance: Jungle Music Studio - 6/67 John Street, and 69 John Street Fine Art Specialists at 69 John Street. This doesn’t seem to make sense so why is it being proposed?

    kate of annandale asked 30 days ago

    The proposed additional permitted uses  (i.e. Timber yards and Freight transport facilities) are currently permitted under the IN2 Light Industrial zone in Leichhardt LEP 2013.  These uses will be permissible under the Inner West LEP as additional permitted uses. 

    We are not removing businesses such as Jungle Music. The Inner West LEP 2020 will continue to permit these uses via a local provision Clause 6.15 that permits business and office uses in the IN2 zone but only for creative purposes 

    The approach to prohibit business and office premises in the IN2 zone landuse table in the Inner West LEP 2020 is to address a loophole in the Leichhardt LEP 2013. Whereby business and office premises could be changed to a non-creative purpose through a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) pathway And further, to prevent office and business uses, that are not creative industriesbeing able to be approved without any community or council input 

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    Regarding the exhibition period, many of the questions posted in this Q&A were sent to the Strategic Planning Department and senior staff (including the Mayor). Why were these questions not addressed and replied to until now?

    Paola asked about 1 month ago

    Many of the questions have indeed been put to Strategic Planning and others, and many of these issues have been discussed by phone with community members over the exhibition period. The proposed change to revert back to IN2 with very similar land uses to those in the Leichhardt LEP is a direct response to the concerns raised.   

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    Moore St Precinct proposed change to IN2 zoning. Please advise specific instances where Creative Offices were approved in either Marrickvile or Leichhardt Council under Marrcikvile LEP 2011 & Leichhardt LEP 2013 utilizing the CDC process that were faulty in that they permitted Creative Offices which did not achieve the desired intent of IN2 under the LEP's over the past 7 years in either Council which would justify the prohibition except by default of Creative Office as proposed in the draft LEP for IN2 zoning.

    David Royal asked about 1 month ago

    As discussed with you by phone, we do not have such examples to hand. Acknowledging your fear that the loss of CDCs for these uses will delay approvals as a DA will be required, the risks outweigh the benefits of a speedy approval. One of the key risks is that CDCs will enable businesses and offices that are both more appropriate to centre locations and can afford to locate in centres, to drive the price and rentals of industrial land up over time, pushing out the industrial and urban service uses, including creative manufacturing,  that the zone is intended to provide for.   

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    The draft Employment and Retail Lands Study 2019 (EARLS)notes that: “Action 4.3.4: Maximise the utilisation of IN1 General Industrial land by removing FSR controls from appropriate sites. These are unlikely to include existing high employment, urban services sites.” The draft LEP proposes that the Moore St South industrial precinct retains the IN2 zoning. Will the FSR controls in this precinct remain as they currently are? Is the recommendation from the EARLS to intensify land use as a general strategy for the larger LGA result in a possible increase in FSR in the Moore St precinct at a future stage?

    Paola asked about 1 month ago

    The more general recommendation in the draft Strategy will need further consideration in a later phase of LEP related planning. The draft Study specifically highlights some precincts where this would be of value.  However, pages 196 to 200 of the Study, which discuss the Moore St precinct in some detail, do not refer to this recommendation. 

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    Under the IN2 zoning proposed by council for the Moore Street industrial precinct in the LEP consolidation process, freight transport facilities are prohibited. On that basis I would like to know the reasoning for adding freight transport facilities specifically as an additional permitted usage on the Moore Street site. Why does council believe road freight transport would be a good fit for the site and exactly where, given that the surrounding streets are single lane only and not really suited for hundreds / thousands of additional vehicle movements in and out each day. kate of annandale, 13 Jun 2020, 8:17

    about 1 month ago

    Freight transport facilities are permitted in the precinct in the Leichhardt LEP 2013. Permitting them as an additional permitted use in the new LEP simply carries forward this permissibility. This is consistent with the approach previously outlined of minimising the extent of change in the consolidation process.  

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    In relation to the Moore street precinct, the area is to be rezoned IN2 meaning that timber yards (which are defined as a type of retail premises) are prohibited. So I would like to know the justification for adding timber yards as an additional permitted usage as part of the LEP consolidation process. kate of annandale, 13 Jun 2020, 8:02 In relation to the Moore street precinct, the area is to be rezoned IN2 meaning that timber yards (which are defined as a type of retail premises) are prohibited. So I would like to know the justification for adding timber yards as an additional permitted usage as part of the LEP consolidation process. kate of annandale, 13 Jun 2020, 8:02

    about 1 month ago

    Timber yards are permitted in the precinct in the Leichhardt LEP 2013. Permitting them as an additional permitted use in the new LEP simply carries forward this permissibility. This is consistent with the approach previously outlined of minimising the extent of change in the consolidation process.   

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    What are the councils plans for adding green space and landscaping in and around Moore St precinct to offset the increase to dirt, noise, garbage and pollution? MM, 13 Jun 2020, 9:45

    about 1 month ago

    The LEP retains generally the same permitted uses, and makes no change to the FSR or height controls and therefore no increased amenity impacts are envisaged as a result of the LEP. Any DA will need still need to consider and address the impacts of the specific development proposed.    

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    How has Council notified ALL residents about the deferral of the decision on the LEP and this Q&A? I believe only the residents who made a submission during the consultation period have received communications and updates in this regard. There have been further amendments to the LEP post-exhibition and therefore all residents should be notified (even if they did not make a submission)

    Paola asked about 1 month ago

     

    The usual practice for every Council meeting is to place the business paper on the website, the meeting itself is available for viewing, and minutes are uploaded to the web as soon as they are available. In addition, submitters are emailed prior to the meeting.  

    In addition to the usual practice, Council has posted information on the deferral and this engagement on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and on What’s New on the Home page on Council’s website. This is adequate to ensure that those interested have an opportunity to engage in this process.  

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    Slide 8 of the presentation in regards to council-owned land affected by draft Inner West LEP 2020 notes that “Council's property section recently sought expressions of interest for Council owned sites including the depot” and “The rezoning sought in the exhibited LEP was independent of this process. It was not put forward to facilitate any change to these sites”. Why was this not disclosed? Can you please explain what you mean by “independent”? '

    Paola asked about 1 month ago

    The 2 processes were run independently by different sections of Council. The team working on the LEP were aware that an EOI process was put out for some council sites, but we were not aware that one of those sites included Council’s depot and community recycling facility. We are grateful to the community for bringing it to our attention. The team’s focus for this precinct was, and continues to be, how to ensure that the industrial uses of the precinct, which includes the Council owned land, will be ‘retained and managed’ to support the needs of Inner West and in accordance with the Eastern City District Plan.   

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    The June 9 meeting agenda notes that controls on the Inner West LEP 2020 "will be reviewed and updated in the LEP/DCP Phase 2 project" (page 229). What does Phase 2 involve? When does Phase 2 will take place and for how long? Will the residents participate on this phase? The Have Your Say website notes that Council will make a decision ‪on June 23 2020‬ for submission to State Government, and then State Government "completes this process and the Inner West LEP 2020 becomes law"

    Paola asked about 1 month ago

    Answered below

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    In relation to the Moore St precinct. The provision of buffering between activities permitted by industrial zoning and the rights and comfort of ratepayers in the adjoining residential zone seems very important. Given that creative industries are widely acknowledged as well suited for this purpose, how likely is it that future development applications for business and office premises used by creative industries will be approved? kate of annandale, 13 Jun 2020, 8:50

    about 1 month ago

    Answered below

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    The Draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy upon which the recommendation of the rezoning of the Moore St South industrial precinct was based has not yet been endorsed by Council, as noted on the June 9 Council meeting agenda: "It is noted that EARLS is yet to be endorsed by Council and therefore it is recommended that the zoning and land uses in the precinct are retained as near as possible to the existing situation" Why use a recommendation from a document that is not yet endorsed by Council and that is general in nature (i.e., provides a general strategy for the larger LGA but does not address or study each precinct in detail)?

    Paola asked about 1 month ago

    Answered below

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    Some uses have become permissible and other prohibited in the draft Inner West LEP 2020. Could you give us some background as to how Council has determined which uses are deemed appropriate/inappropriate for this precinct and the community that surrounds it? Have any studies been done to support these decisions?'

    Paola asked about 1 month ago

    The Draft Inner West LEP 2020 is a consolidating LEP. It consolidates the LEPs of the 3 former council areas and sets the framework for the implementation of the evidence based strategies and Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement. A somewhat simplified version of the approach to recommending which uses are appropriate to permit or prohibit is set out below. 

    In the first instance, we compared every land use for every zone across the 3 LEPs. Where the 3 LEPs (or all the LEPs that contain the relevant zone) consistently permit or prohibit a land use in a particular zone, this approach was carried forward to the new draft LEP. 

    Where there were inconsistencies in permissibility, we mostly carried forward the more common approachand/or the approach that would further the direction provided through evidence-based strategies and the LSPS.  Other matters that were considered included State government policies (SEPPs) and plain common sense. For instance, it makes no sense to carry forward a rural industry, such as sawmill processing, in an inner city area. 

    Throughout, we sought to minimise the changes as far as possible and reasonable, recognising that  the next phase of LEP work will look again at some of these land use decisions, through the frame of the evidence and Council’s direction, as outlined in the LSPS. 

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    What are the environmental impacts of the downgrading of zoning to Moore St Precinct? Has Sydney Water been consulted in relation to run off into Whites creek?

    about 1 month ago

    It is proposed to zone the Moore Street precinct IN2 Light Industrial but allow general industries as additional permitted uses on the land. As this is the same as under Leichhardt LEP 2013 where general industries are permitted throughout IN2 Light Industrial zone, it is not considered that the draft LEP proposes to downgrade the Moore Street precinct. Sydney  
    Water were consulted regarding the draft LEP.  

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    What parking requirements will new businesses in the Moore St Industrial Precinct have under the new LEP20? SJ, 12 Jun 2020, 22:36

    about 1 month ago

    Parking requirements in the Moore Street industrial precinct will be determined by Part C1.11 of Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013 as is currently the case.    

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    Business and office premises are proposed to be prohibited in the IN2 zone under the draft Inner West LEP 2020, except for creative uses only (Clause 6.15). The owner may disclose that the intended use of the premises is for creative industries when applying for a Development Application. However, how will Council ensure that the actual owners, occupiers or tenants of these premises will commit to the intended (i.,e, allowed) use of the premises?'

    Paola asked about 1 month ago

    This is no different to the current situation. The DA (if approved) would specify the use.  Council cannot guarantee that at some stage in the future a tenant who does not meet the requirement will locate within the site. However, if this does occur, it becomes a compliance matter for Council's compliance section to address.

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    What is the Council's plan for ensuring that all neighbouring residents will be consulted on ALL CURRENT and FUTURE development applications and type of businesses that will apply within the Moore St precinct? MM asked about 2 hours ago

    about 1 month ago

    Current development applications within the Moore Street precinct have been notified in accordance with Part A, Section 3 in the Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013.

    Consultation regarding future development applications will be consistent with Council's Community Engagement Framework. Table 2 of that document outlines the notification requirements for particular developments. 

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    Residents in all streets adjacent to Moore St Precinct would like to be consulted as a group on any future DAs and other decisions. What mechanism will the council put in place that notification and consultation is extensive and includes residents as stakeholders? At present notification does not take into account the unique nature of Moore St Precinct and they neighbours on Catherine St are impacted by business and industry on John St and visa versa. What undertakings will council make to ensure proper consultation in all future decisions For residents and rate Payers? SJ asked about 13 hours ago

    about 1 month ago

    Consultation regarding future development applications will be consistent with Council's Community Engagement Framework. Table 2 of that document outlines the notification requirements for particular developments.

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    With the draft LEP making conditions for intensification or industry in the Moore St Precinct more likely, what are councils plans for controlling traffic into and through the area? There are thousands of homes on narrow streets and laneways frequented by walkers, dogs, children and bikes. Currently, Styles St is already a busy street, with increasing truck traffic and speed limits not adhered to on Collins St. When will the traffic study take place? What are the plans to keep Whites Creek Lane safe?

    about 1 month ago

    It is proposed to zone the Moore Street precinct IN2 Light Industrial but allow general industries as additional permitted uses on the land. As this is the same as under Leichhardt LEP 2013 where general industries are permitted throughout IN2 Light Industrial zone, it is not considered that the draft LPE will intensify industrial use of the Moore Street precinct.

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    Please explain why the IWC won’t support low impact industries such as business and office premises, technology, art and creative businesses in the Moore St Precinct?

    about 1 month ago

    Council supports low impact industries in the Moore Street precinct as in all IN2 Light Industrial zones.

    Leichhardt LEP 2013 permits business and office premises in the land use table and includes a local provision to limit these to creative uses. The provided a loophole whereby business and office premises could be changed to a non-creative purpose through a complying development certificate or CDC.

    To close this loophole, Inner West LEP 2020 proposes to prohibit business and office premises in the land use table and permit via a local provision Clause 6.15.

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    What is the council planning on doing to preserve the amenity of the streets and homes around and adjacent to the Moore St Precinct? Now that the definitions for LIGHT industrial effectively bring in the conditions of a GENERAL industrial zoning, ie No impact to Impact would the council consider rezoning the Whites Creek Lane to green space to create a buffer for noise/ pollution and traffic?

    about 1 month ago

    It is proposed to zone the Moore Street precinct IN2 Light Industrial but allow general industries as additional permitted uses on the land. This is the same as under Leichhardt LEP 2013 where general industries are permitted throughout IN2 Light Industrial zone.

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    The June 9 meeting agenda notes that controls on the Inner West LEP 2020 "will be reviewed and updated in the LEP/DCP Phase 2 project" (page 229). What does Phase 2 involve? When does Phase 2 will take place and for how long? Will the residents participate on this phase? The Have Your Say website notes that Council will make a decision on June 23 2020 for submission to State Government, and then State Government "completes this process and the Inner West LEP 2020 becomes law"

    about 1 month ago

    Phase 2 involves the creation of an Inner West DCP and amendments to Inner West LEP 2020 to implement actions from the Local Housing Strategy, Integrated Transport Strategy and Employment and Retail Lands Strategy, and further harmonise controls which were deferred in Phase 1.

    Phase 2 will commence shortly and is due for completion late next year. Consultation with the public will occur in that timeframe.

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    6. The Draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy upon which the recommendation of the rezoning of the Moore St South industrial precinct was based has not yet been endorsed by Council, as noted on the June 9 Council meeting agenda: "It is noted that EARLS is yet to be endorsed by Council and therefore it is recommended that the zoning and land uses in the precinct are retained as near as possible to the existing situation" Why use a recommendation from a document that is not yet endorsed by Council and that is general in nature (i.e., provides a general strategy for the larger LGA but does not address or study each precinct in detail)?

    about 1 month ago

    The Draft Employment and Retail Study which informs the draft Strategy provides insight into both the LGA as a whole from an employment lands perspective, consistent with the Eastern City District Plan (which Council is required to implement) and provides a detailed analysis of each employment lands precinct within the LGA, including the Moore St industrial precinct.

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    What does general industries mean? Can you give some examples.

    about 1 month ago

    General industry means a building or place (other than a heavy industry or light industry) that is used to carry out an industrial activity.

    In turn: 

    Industrial activity  means the manufacturing, production, assembling, altering, formulating, repairing, renovating, ornamenting, finishing, cleaning, washing, dismantling, transforming, processing, recycling, adapting or servicing of, or the research and development of, any goods, substances, food, products or articles for commercial purposes, and includes any storage or transportation associated with any such activity.


    Examples include: Factories manufacturing goods (that are not heavy industry); commercial scale laundries (eg for hospitals or airport); food manufacturing and research; furniture construction and assembly.  

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    The demographics of the Inner West population show that the 54% of the residents of the Inner West LGA are professionals and managers (62.8% in Leichhardt and 62.2% in Annandale). 41.7% of residents in the Inner West LGA have attained a Bachelor’s Degree (47% in Leichhardt and 49% in Annandale). Only 2.5% of the population in the Inner West LGA listed their occupation as machinery drivers/operators, and 4.9% as labourers. *All numbers sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. The recommendation to retain and intensify the industrial land use on industrial precincts came from the draft Employment and Retail Lands Strategy for Inner West Council. From the above demographics, it might not be in the interest of the residents of the Inner West (and more specifically the Moore St South Industrial precinct) to support this since they are not likely to work in an industrial precinct. The Moore St South Industrial precinct also comes at a premium price in terms of affordability due to its proximity to the CBD. It is also a very densely populated residential area. It may be more appropriate to consider industrial land use in other areas of Sydney. Whilst the amendments to the LEP post-exhibition are more in line with the current demographics, still the large majority of the residents would not see a substantial benefit. What are the benefits of retaining and/or intensifying the industrial land use to the residents of the Inner West (more specifically the Moore St South Industrial precinct: Leichhardt, Annandale)?

    about 1 month ago

    The draft Employment and Lands Strategy builds on the work done by the Greater Sydney Commission for Sydney as a whole, and for the Eastern City District in particular. 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. Certainly there are many large scale industrial uses that have moved west. However, many industrial uses continue to need access to local supply chains and local markets. Conversely, many local businesses, including creative manufacturing businesses, rely on local supply chains to be viable. Accordingly, the Eastern City District Plan has the most stringent requirements of all the Sydney districts, in relation to industrial lands – ie ‘retain and manage’

    Inner West industrial lands also create works that support iconic events such as Vivid and Sydney Festival. These creative industries would in many cases disappear from Sydney altogether if affordable industrial land is not retained close to the city. 

    Industrial lands also provide for urban services to support local residents and workers, such as vehicle repairs, recycling facilities, niche manufacturing and furniture making and in the future, maybe 3D printing hubs. In addition, technology is changing, and some uses that may have been inappropriate near residential land in the past, are becoming much more low impact, and provide significant sustainability benefits. The retention of lands within inner city locations, including within Annandale and Leichhardt provides opportunities for improving sustainability with modern technology, and for continued convenient access to urban services now and into the future.

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    What are the Council's plans for managing traffic within the local area surrounding the Moore St precinct?

    about 1 month ago

    Council is not proposing to intensify development in the Moore St precinct. The land uses are for the major part just being carried forward, and there is no proposed change to FSR or height.  Traffic impacts will continue to be considered in the assessment of DAs. 

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    Why have creative hubs and restaurants been excluded from the LEP?

    about 1 month ago

    Restaurants and cafes are prohibited in the Leichhardt LEP in the IN2 Light Industrial zone and this is carried forward into the consolidation LEP. Take away food and drink premises are permitted as are artisan food and drink industries (the latter is defined as a light industry). Care is needed in ensuring that uses that have the capacity to pay higher rents do not increase the land values pricing out the uses which support the intent of the zone.

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    What are the Councils plans for a long term, sustainable plan on the greening and landscaping of Whites Creek Lane and the Moore St? We have been promised this for decades by the Council to no avail.

    about 1 month ago

    Whites Creek Lane is identified in the LSPS as part of the Blue/Green Grid to be developed over time across the LGA and linking to the Blue/Green Grids of adjoining councils. The development of this Grid takes both planning time and significant funding. We know it is frustrating. Council has developed substantial green initiatives in the local area. Please be assured it has not fallen off the agenda.