A Planning Agreement (also commonly referred to as voluntary planning agreements or VPAs) is an agreement entered into by a planning authority (such as Georges River Council) and a developer who has sought a change to the Local Environmental Plan (via a Planning Proposal) or as made a development application. Under the agreement, a developer agrees to provide or fund:
A planning agreement can provide for the dedication of land, payment of a monetary contribution or any other public benefit to be used for a public purpose. Planning agreements cannot be entered into unless public notice has been given and an explanatory note is made available for inspection.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulation provides the provisions relating to Planning Agreements. The Department of Planning and Environment also provide information and guidelines on planning agreements
Planning agreements cannot be entered into unless public notice has been given and an explanatory note is made available for inspection for at least 28 days.
Council's Policy on Planning Agreements
Council's Policy on Planning Agreements became effective on 10 August 2016.
The Policy provides guidelines for both the Council and developers to effectively negotiate and prepare planning agreements, and provides a template planning agreement document, as well as a list of suggested infrastructure for works that may be considered to have a public benefit.
The purpose of the Policy is to establish Council's policy on the use of planning agreements and to provide an enhanced and more flexible development contributions system for Council. The Policy provides a clear and transparent framework governing the negotiation, assessment and use of planning agreements and ensures that the framework is consistent, efficient, fair and accountable.
The Georges River Council Policy on Planning Agreements (2016) replaces the Hurstville City Council Policy on Planning Agreements (2006) and the Kogarah City Council Policy on Planning Agreements (2009), which were both repealed on 10 August, 2016.
Register of Planning Agreements
Clause 25F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation requires Council to keep a register of all planning agreements. Below is a list of planning agreements with Council that are currently on notificaiton, finalisation or executted for public view.
Notification | Finalisation | Executed
The table below provides a definiation of the above terms.
||Planning agreements on notification are available for public inspection and comment for at least 28 days before being finalised
||Finalising planning agreements have been publicly notified but are yet to be entered into by the Council (or other Planning Authority as the case maybe) and the Developer
||Executed planning agreements that have been entered into and signed by the General Manager on behalf of Council and the Developer
Planning Agreement between GR Capital Group Pty Ltd and Georges River Council
Address of the land: 1-5 Treacy Street and 1 Hill Street, Hurstville, NSW
Developer: GR Capital Group Pty Limited
Planning Agreement between East Quarter Hurstville Pty Limited and Georges River Council
Address of the land: 93 Forest Road, Hurstville, NSW
Developer: East Quarter Hurstville Pty Limited
Planning Agreement between Combined Projects (Hurstville) Pty Ltd and Georges River Council
Address of the land: 12-22 Woniora Road, Hurstville, NSW
Developer: Combined Projects (Hurstville) Pty Ltd
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