Voluntary planning agreements (VPAs) are generally seen as useful instruments that allow flexibility in the provision of public services and the provision of contributions to a number of public objectives that can go beyond traditional local contribution plans. This flexibility can benefit both developers and the broader community, and the draft practice advisory program recognizes these factors as the reasons for the spread of VPAs. First, it is clear that a VPA must be written and signed by all parties and is considered binding only when all parties have signed it. The « reason » for the VPA will be the idea for the developer who wants to either modify an environmental planning tool or apply for a development authorization. The proposed amendments will contribute to a clearer and more transparent contribution process and will allow planning agreements to be used for their intended function to fund innovative infrastructure solutions. At present, there is no instruction that requires councils to apply the 2005 practical instructions, so that boards can take a different approach as long as they meet the legal requirements of the EPO act. However, once the management`s draft is made public, boards will for the first time have a legal obligation to respect a practical note when negotiating the VPA. Planning authorities, and in particular councils, should issue guidelines and procedures for the implementation of voluntary planning agreements, and the establishment of a VPA (or possible revocation or modification) may be recorded in the field. Section 93 (H) of the EP-A Act stipulates that a planning contract thus registered under the Act is mandatory for each owner from time to time in the land, as if he had entered into the planning contract himself.

The update of the draft planning agreement includes: The department is requesting feedback on an updated framework for planning agreements. Planning agreements are a tool to provide innovative or complex infrastructure and non-profit outcomes. APVs have been defined as voluntary agreements or other agreements between one or more planning authorities and a developer whereby the developer commits to making a public contribution to a public purpose or purpose. The draft practice notice also aims to present the local councils` approach to valuation by introducing a principle that value registration should not be the primary objective of a planning agreement. The question is whether this goes far enough to protect developers, especially with respect to planning proposals for reallocation and changes to planning controls. The NSW government has published an updated draft policy framework for planning agreements, which contains an updated practical note (draft practical opinion) and a proposal for ministerial leadership. Once adopted, councils should pay attention to the draft practical opinion when negotiating voluntary planning agreements (VPAs). While the draft exercise retains many aspects of the existing practice note, there are some notable changes.