What do we mean by industrial lands?

    Industrial land refers to all land currently zoned for industrial uses well as certain business zones that allow for bulky goods, light industrial and warehousing/distribution.  

    These lands have the following zoning under the current Wollongong Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2009: 

    • IN1 General Industrial 

    • IN2 Light Industrial 

    • IN3 Heavy Industrial  

    • IN4 Working Waterfront 

    • B6 Enterprise Corridor 

    • B7 Business Park 

    Additionally, there are industrial lands around the Port of Port Kembla with planning controls under the NSW Government’s State Environmental Planning Policy (Transport and Infrastructure) 2021

    Wollongong’s industrial lands are dispersed across the LGA and located within the following suburbs: 

    • Helensburgh  

    • Coalcliff  

    • Bulli  

    • Woonona 

    • Bellambi 

    • Russell Vale 

    • Fernhill 

    • Fairy Meadow 

    • North Wollongong 

    • Wollongong 

    • Coniston 

    • Spring Hill 

    • Cringila 

    • Port Kembla 

    • Warrawong 

    • Kemblawarra 

    • Figtree 

    • Unanderra 

    • Kembla Grange 

    • Dapto 

    • Yallah 

    Why is Council doing this survey?

    Council is undertaking this survey of businesses to inform an Industrial Lands Review. 

    The feedback received through this survey will help us understand how industrial places and uses are currently functioning, as well as identify opportunities for future improvement. This information will inform the scope and direction of the Industrial Lands Review.

    What is an Industrial Lands Review?

    As Wollongong’s economy continues to change, Council needs to ensure that its planning controls for industrial land remain contemporary and maximise the opportunity for businesses to operate sustainably. 

    An Industrial Lands Review is a study that creates a picture of how Wollongong’s industrial lands are performing. It will show if they are meeting the needs of our community and help us understand how our community wants them to perform in the future.  

    Sufficient supply of industrial land is critical to supporting Wollongong’s manufacturing and freight and logistics sectors as well positioning Wollongong to be at the forefront of emerging industries such as Clean Energy. There is also an ongoing need to ensure land is available to provide local services to residents close to where they live. For example, access to car repairs, places to purchase building or landscaping supplies or storage facilities. 

    Council also needs to ensure that our community’s expectations around environmental objectives are being met and that the role of industrial land is clearly defined and minimising any conflicts with other land users.
    We’ll use the information gained in this Review to determine whether changes need to be made to planning controls to meet the future needs of our community.  

    The final Review will include recommendations about changes that could be made to the Wollongong Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Wollongong Development Control Plan (DCP). 

    What is a LEP and DCP?

    Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) guide planning decisions for local government areas. They do this through zoning and built form controls, which provide a framework for the way land can be used and what can be built on it. LEPs are the main planning tool to shape future development and also ensure it is done appropriately, including providing protection for heritage and environmentally sensitive areas. 

    A Development Control Plan (DCP) provides detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls in the Local Environmental Plan (LEP). A DCP is prepared and adopted by Councils. A DCP provides more details about how land can be used and developed and may relate to a particular place (e.g. West Dapto Urban Release Area) or to a particular type of development (e.g. industrial development). 

    Where can I find the survey?

    You can find thesurvey on this web page.