The NSW State Government has introduced changes to zoning regulations to keep up with demand for cafes in ‘hipster’, industrial neighbourhoods. In recent years, the retail landscape of Sydney has been changing, with consumers now wanting to be closer to producers and manufacturers making local goods. This has led to an interesting rise in demand for food and drink experiences in previously industrial areas such as Alexandria.

In response to this, the State government has introduced changes to the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006 in order to allow land use that would have previously been prohibited in industrial zones. Now, the instrument has expanded the definition of ‘light industry’ to include artisan food and drink industries and garden centres.

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