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Under Consideration

Building Business Back Better


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 of Planning, Industry and Environment 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 unlock as much as $4.85 billion of annual economic benefit in investment in just one year.

Four key areas have been identified through research commissioned by the department to encourage investment and job-generating development through strengthening the complying development pathway:

  1. Enabling land use and business agility for retail, commercial and industrial development reducing barriers in utilising existing space.
  2. Optimising opportunities for industrial and commercial development.
  3. Neighbourhood centre activation, strengthening our increasingly important local networks.
  4. Streamling the delivery of data centres to support networks.

In addition to the ongoing stakeholder engagement program, the department has prepared an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) on the proposed complying development pathway changes to employment lands.

The EIE proposes reforms to State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP) to accelerate capital investment in employment zones using complying development certification.

The EIE covers all four of the above modules. It can be read in sections which cover specific parts of the proposed policy reform or read as a whole document. The EIE is accompanied by the department’s complete evidence base, which can be viewed and downloaded from the attachments below

View the Explanation of Intended Effect

Consultation and feedback

The EIE was on public exhibition from 31 March until the 9 May 2021.

Submissions received will be considered and will inform the development of the proposed changes to complying development in employment zones.

View the attachments and the EIE


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