The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act) provides the framework for the structure and implementation of Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs). In this regard, Section 93F of the EP&A Act specifically makes provision for a VPA to be entered into between Councils and developers.
A VPA is a voluntary agreement or other arrangement under which the developer is required to dedicate land free of cost, pay a monetary contribution, or provide any other material public benefit, or any combination thereof, to be used for or applied towards a public purpose. They may be between a planning authority (or 2 or more planning authorities) and a developer:
(a) who has sought a change to an environmental planning instrument, or
(b) who has made, or proposes to make, a development application, or
(c) who has entered into an agreement with, or is otherwise associated with, a person to whom paragraph (a) or (b) applies.
The City of Ryde has a Voluntary Planning Agreements Policy that sets out the processes and procedures that provide a transparent and accountable framework for the negotiation and implementation of planning agreements. This Policy has been in place at since 2011. The Policy has been reviewed with the aim to create efficiencies, ensure clarity for both Council and developers and strengthen the legal documents.
Hard Copies of the Draft Policy
Copies are also available to be viewed at:
- All Council libraries (see branch details for opening hours)
- Customer Service Counter at the Civic Centre - 1 Devlin Street, Ryde (Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm)
- Ryde Planning and Business Centre - 1 Pope Street, Ryde (Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm)