The Northern Beaches has traditional industrial zones, major manufacturing and quality retail and office precincts – all operating harmoniously amidst our precious natural surroundings. We boast a diverse and fast growing community of small to medium businesses, micro innovators and large global competitors and we’re working with key government agencies to secure the future of our region. 


Employment Study

Council’s Employment Study was undertaken in 2018-2019 to strengthen our understanding of the economic role and function of commercial, retail, and industrial precincts across the Northern Beaches. The study lays out strategic directions to plan for employment growth, leverage growing investment and support local businesses to grow with the right types of floorspace.

The study was informed by (pre-covid) data including socioeconomics; economic trends and drivers; local business data; floorspace mapping; market data; supply and demand analysis and analysis of existing Local Environment Plans.

The study delivers insights about the Northern Beaches economy including challenges and opportunities which informs guidance for the distribution of future job growth, an Local Government Area wide vision and planning principles for each strategic centre, local centre and industrial/business park precincts.

This Employment Study will  inform a range of strategic projects including:

  • Towards 2040 Local Strategic Planning Statements
  • Local Environment Plan consolidation of employment zones (including Discussion Paper)
  • Development Control Plan for employment lands
  • Economic Development Strategy
  • Brookvale Structure Plan
  • Mona Vale Place Plan
  • Manly Place Plan

An Economic Profile for the Frenchs Forest Precinct accompanies the Employment Study as a supporting study.

Economic Development Strategy

The Northern Beaches Council has been working with the community via the Economic & Smart communities Strategic Reference Group to establish the best ways to support existing businesses and attracts new ones through preparation of the Northern Beaches wide Economic Development Strategy. This will set the strategic directions for more opportunities to work locally and start or grow a business on the Northern Beaches, now and into the future.