Value Capture through Voluntary Planning Agreements Part 1

18 May, 2016

Section 93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (‘EPA Act‘) establishes a statutory system of bargaining for community benefits between planning authorities and persons interested in the use and development of land, such as landowners and developers (‘landowners‘). The bargain…

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Voluntary Planning Agreements in NSW – Ten Years On

12 Jul, 2015

The tenth anniversary of the introduction of the formalised system of voluntary planning agreements (‘VPAs’) in New South Wales under s93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (‘EPA Act’) occurred on 8 July 2015. This is the first…

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Tribunal Overturns Suspension of Councillor

22 May, 2014

A Marrickville councillor who was suspended for two months by the Director-General of the Division of Local Government (DG) for engaging in misconduct has succeeded in having the suspension overturned in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal).

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Development Contributions & The Carbon Tax

6 Aug, 2012

In simple terms, the mechanisms established by the Clean Energy Act 2011 (Cth) to deal with climate change include establishing thresholds for greenhouse gas emissions and imposing unit shortfall charges measured in carbon units for emissions that exceed the threshold. This is what is commonly referred…

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ICAC and the Planning Review

27 Mar, 2012

In response to ‘The Way Ahead for Planning in NSW? Issues Paper of the NSW Planning System Review’: (December 2011) (Review), the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has prepared a submission entitled ‘Anti- Corruption Safeguards and the Planning System’, February,…

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More on ‘Sweetwater’…

31 Aug, 2011

There is more to be said about the decision of Biscoe J in the Land and Environment Court in Sweetwater Action Group Inc v Minister For Planning [2011] NSWLEC 106 (7 July 2011) that was discussed in the In Focus…

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