Help plan the future of the Inner West

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Council is asking all Inner West citizens to help shape our long-term future with a suite of critical planning documents all currently on public exhibition.

The strategies include population, land use, economic development and climate and renewables.

The planning documents are a requirement of the NSW Government’s updated Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

Sydney councils are required to exhibit their draft local strategic planning statement, with the final version to be made by 31 March 2020.

Local views must be reflected in the statements.

The big picture documents deal with future growth and development, protecting and increasing job and economic opportunities, and how Council can continue to mitigate against climate change – themes that will guide and shape what the Inner West will look and be like in 20 years.

What’s on exhibition and open for comment:

Our Place Inner West - Local Strategic Planning Statement

• Will guide land use in the Inner West over the next 20 years, supporting more renewable energy, local waste reduction, shared transport and local business

• Will guide the alignment of population growth and infrastructure

• Will guide Inner West Council’s Comprehensive Local Environmental Plan, Development Control Plan and Development Contributions Plan

• Will assist government agencies, private interests and other institutions to better co-ordinate future infrastructure such as transport, schools, hospitals and open space

Employment and Retail Lands Strategy

• Will help Council manage Inner West employment lands and commercial centres

• Will prioritise long-term supply of industrial land, more commercial space and identify distinct areas of business and employment lands

• Will provide clear controls for productive commercial and industrial land uses to facilitate job growth and thriving economies

Economic Development Strategic Plan

Sets out three priorities:

• Making the Inner West a hub for economic and employment growth
• Embracing the innovation economy
• Supporting diversity in business growth

Climate and Renewables Strategy

• A plan to mitigate carbon emissions and resource solutions to address the climate emergency

• A draft strategy of what and how Council will reduce emissions from its own operations and at community scale

To see the strategies and to comment, go to

Council is holding face-to-face consultations at:

• Marrickville Metro, 3 October, 12-6pm
• Annandale village, 5 October, 9-11am
• Dulwich Hill village, 10 October, 5-7pm
• Orange Grove Organic Food Market, 12 October
• Addison Road Organic Food Market, 13 October
• Newtown Art Seat, 16 October, 11am-1pm
• Balmain Loyalty Square, 19 October, 10am - 12pm
• Marrickville Festival, 20 October

For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath | Media and Communications Coordinator P: +61 2 9392 5334 | E:


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Page last updated: 02 Oct 2019