“This agreement sets an exciting precedent for first-class cultural institutions in private development,” said Cr Moore. Social infrastructure needs are not static or limited to a particular area. The establishment of evidence-based community needs assessments ensures that discussions are based on real-time insights and the best possible representations of the incoming population associated with a planning proposal. Transparency will be enhanced when strategic planning, strategic infrastructure plans and a robust analysis of the Community`s needs provide factual, appropriate and accountable information. The development contribution system applies under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act of 1979. Planning agreements can provide or fund: a Community Needs Assessment Report prepared by an independent consultant is a proven method of determining the scope of a VPA. It participates in the debate and defines the strategic positioning of the proposal in the context of planning regional and urban social infrastructure. The Department of Planning and Environment is currently introducing changes to the policy framework for VVAs (until the end of January). The amendments are intended to ensure that VPAs are taken into account in a broader planning assessment and not on the basis of financial results achieved. The draft directive aims to improve the VPA process by ensuring that the applicant must bear the cost of preparing legal agreements.
This will promote transparency, clarity and security in the process, for the benefit of all parties. In Section 93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, VPAs are referred to as “voluntary or other agreements” between “proponents” and “planning authorities,” under which developers make financial contributions, spend land free of charge, or provide other physical benefits or combinations for public purposes. There must be surveillance of the VPA. There has been no pre-needs assessment, local infrastructure coordination and control planning, as councils are trying to renovate many of our urban centres and growth corridors. Such agreements are generally referred to as Section 173 agreements, since the authority to conclude the agreement under Section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act is conferred. Infrastructure planning is supported by collaborative partnerships that are based on agreed evidence, articulate common goals and values, and ensure clarity for all partners. This requires a collaborative and non-contradictory approach. Some boards are expected to receive an equal share of the planning benefit resulting from changes to planning controls.