Planning studies

Council is committed to protecting and improving the natural and built environment through the efficient and effective use of land and the delivery of local infrastructure. Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) guide planning decisions for Council through zoning and development controls which provide a framework for the way land can be used. LEPs are the main planning tool to shape future communities. 

To support the preparation of the three former Council LEPs a number of studies and strategies were prepared.  These include Employment Lands and Industrial Lands studies, Urban Planning Strategies and Town Centre Strategies. 

The Ashfield LEP 2013, Leichhardt LEP 2013 and Marrickville LEP 2011 will continue to be in effect until a new Inner West LEP has been prepared. This LEP will be underpinned by an Urban Strategy and other supporting studies and work for this has commenced.

Parramatta Road and Norton Street Corridor Studies

Council has recently undertaken a series of reports to inform Urban Growth on its position in relation to Parramatta Road/ Norton Street Corridor.

Parramatta Road Corridor Heritage Assessment Study
Norton Street Corridor Heritage Assessment Study
Parramatta Road and Norton Street Urban Design Study

Floor Space Ratio Review

The Floor Space Ratio (FSR) Review relates specifically to residential properties in the Leichhardt Local Government Area zoned R1 Residential.

Floor Space Ratio Review (PDF 1014.6KB)

Leichhardt Industrial Lands Study

In June 2014, Council commissioned SGS Economics and Planning to undertake an Industrial Lands Study for the Leichhardt LGA. The study was pursued for the following reasons:

  • to assist in establishing a strategic land use framework for the Parramatta Road corridor as part of the Strategic Sites, Centres and Corridors - Parramatta Road project; and
  • to assist in responding to recent and future applications to rezone industrial land.

Council endorsed the study on 10 February 2015.

Leichhardt Industrial Lands Study (PDF 5.8MB)

Leichhardt Employment Lands Study

In January 2011, Leichhardt Council completed the Employment Lands Study to provide the important elements of evidence base for developing Leichhardt Council’s strategic planning policies including the Leichhardt Local Environmental Plan 2013, Leichhardt Development Control Plan 2013 and the Employment and Economic Development Plan.

Employment Lands Study
Employment Lands Study Appendix

Council endorsed the Industrial Precinct Planning Interim Report ( as the basis for the completion of the Industrial Precinct Planning Project) on 8 March 2016

Industrial Precinct Planning Interim Report

Affordable Housing Strategy

Affordable Housing Strategy

Retail and Commercial Floor Space Study for Balmain and Rozelle

Retail and Commercial Floor Space Study for Balmain and Rozelle  (PDF 1014.6KB)

Parking Studies

Parking Study for Balmain (PDF 787.6KB) 
Parking Study for Leichhardt (PDF 727.1KB)
Parking Study for Rozelle (PDF 702.6KB) 

White Bay Feasibility Study

White Bay Feasibility Study (PDF 4.3MB)

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Page last updated: 08 Jan 2019