Industrial Lands LEP
Approximately 4800 people are employed in Randwick’s industrial area. The largest categories of employment were (2001): stevedoring/ Port operations (445), Bus drivers (316), Cable and wire manufacturing (301), sea and rail freight transport (184), plaster manufacturing (80) and paper manufacturing (61).
Approximately one third of the employees live within the East Subregion (Randwick, Botany Bay, Waverley and Woollahra), one third come from the south subregion (Canterbury, Rockdale, Kogarah, Hurstville, Sutherland and Marrickville) and one third from other areas in the greater Sydney area. Randwick City’s industrial area has been affected by businesses moving to new industrial areas in the outer suburbs; Land prices in the inner area has put pressure for alternative uses, mostly bulky goods and office space, in Randwick; Randwick’s industrial area is mostly resisting pressure from these other uses due to its: proximity to the Port;the relatively poor residential amenity;the entrenched surrounding heavy industrial uses (eg Orica)
State Government Policy.
There has been growth in freight, logistics and container storage activities but these are limited to large sites with access to arterial roads. An additional 11 000sqm of industrial floor space will be required to meet growth targets to 2031. Most growth will come from transport and storage; property and business services; and manufacturing industries. Vacant and under used land should meet this need. The AMCOR site and other large land holdings adjacent to the Port are most suitable for future freight and logistics uses and small lot/ strata subdivision should be avoided. Local industries are an important component of the area and provide a diverse range of services to the local community. These are unlikely to be replaced by manufacturing or freight/ logistics uses due to their small lot sizes. Intensification of land uses in the area is likely to exacerbate impacts with the nearby residential areas if planning/ design considerations are not carefully addressed. The boundary with the City of Botany Bay causes confusion and expense to the land owners of the properties it transects.
Council recommendation re retail: Given the close proximity to the Matraville, Hillsdale, Eastgardens, Botany and Banksmeadow commercial centres, there is little need to provide additional retail uses in the industrial area other than small local kiosks to cater for the lunch needs of the local workforce. The comprehensive LEP needs to reinforce this through the new zone objectives and restricting the non industrial permissible land uses.
Council recommendation re buffer(page24) : Randwick LEP also established the required buffer around the Port with the open space on Frenchmans Bay, the cemetery and the hatched area (cl 36(3)) of the existing 4A Industrial Zone performing this function. It is recommended that this buffer area be maintained in the comprehensive LEP, preferably through the use of a separate light industry zone, or a hatched land use restriction as used in RLEP 98.
The supporting 2007 Draft East Subregional Strategy emphasizes these directions and identifies an employment capacity target of 3900 additional jobs (an estimated total of 6500 jobs), specifically for Port Botany and its immediate surrounds by 2031. This is to be spread across both Randwick and Botany Bay LGAs and equates to around 1700 extra jobs in Randwick City. The objectives of the IN1 General Industry, however, have a greater focus on port related industry, and this is of concern as this should not be at the expense of the thriving small local industries that have formed around Perry Street. The permissibility of ‘office premises (port related)’ and ‘business premises (port related)’ may also lead to a loss of these small industries and the localised employment these provide. Some of the standard definitions have changed, but are effectively similar uses. Restrictions on panel beating workshops – For neighbourhood amenity reasons, RLEP did not permit panel beating workshops on land directly adjoining residential properties and required adequate screening of storage areas. Of the land now zoned IN1, there are a number of residential properties on the opposite side of McCauley St and Australia St and the properties on Partanna and Moorina Ave, Matraville that will be potentially affected by the removal of this clause. Land Use Safety – To manage the cumulative risks of hazardous and other industry in the area, Randwick and Botany Bay LEPs included the Port Botany and Botany/ Randwick Land Use Safety Studies as a development assessment consideration. This has been removed (see p 21).Development Standards – Randwick has relatively few development standards for industrial development (see p 17). The few key development standards such as restrictions on noise and traffic generating uses (ie panel beating workshops, container and transport) have been removed by the SEPP, leaving minimal controls or assessment considerations. There are two site specific DCPs that cover industrial land. DCP No. 8 applies to the former oil refinery site on the south east side of Military Road (effective March 1987) and DCP No. 13 applies to the former Bunnerong Power Station Site on the north west side of Military Road (effective march 1990). The DCPs require large densely vegetated landscaped setbacks, prohibit vehicle access to Botany and Bunnerong Roads and sets a 12 meter height limit. DCP 13 also identifies remnant bushland (ESBS) to be retained and DCP 8 sets a minimum lot size of 2000sqm. The majority of the land covered has now been developed. Council’s Private Stormwater Code, Contaminated Land Policy and Rainwater Tank Policy also contain controls and issues for consideration in the design and assessment process.
In addition, a number of SEPPs and State legislation may be triggered, such as the Infrastructure SEPP or the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 for sites with remnant Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.