The principal planning instrument that applies to the land managed by the Port of Newcastle is the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013, known as the 'Ports SEPP'.
The application of the Ports SEPP to the Port of Newcastle commenced on 31 May 2014. The aim of the Ports SEPP is to allow the efficient development, redevelopment and protection of land at the Port of Newcastle for port purposes.
All land within the Newcastle Port Planning Area is zoned SP1 - Special Activities (SP1), with the exception of the Crown lease land at the entrance to the harbour. This area is unzoned land.
The SP1 Zone provides for the development of a broad range of port related, industrial, infrastructure and associated land uses. The purpose of the SP1 zone is to maximise use of the waterfront areas to accommodate port facilities and industrial, maritime industrial and bulk storage premises that benefit from being located close to port facilities. It is also to ensure the efficient movement and operation of commercial shipping, and to provide for the efficient handling and distribution of freight from port areas through the provision of transport infrastructure.
There are a range of approval pathways set out in the SEPP (Three Ports) 2013, known as Ports SEPP, for development within the Port of Newcastle, including Exempt Development, Complying Development and Development with Consent.
Port of Newcastle will work within the new planning framework to seek the best outcome for all stakeholders.