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NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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A voluntary planning agreement (VPA) is a planning tool that allows planning authorities and developers to work together to deliver innovative infrastructure outcomes alongside development proposals. 

VPAs allow flexibility and innovation in infrastructure so that the whole community can benefit from development. 


The NSW Government encourages planning authorities and developers to work with the community to realise the best possible VPA outcomes including:

  • public benefit from the VPA that relates to the development
  • a fair, reasonable and transparent VPA negotiation process
  • identifying appropriate infrastructure through an assessment of local community needs.

Draft VPA policy framework

A draft policy package was exhibited in early 2017 to strengthen and provide greater transparency for VPAs. 

Forty-eight submissions were received from local government, industry and peak organisations.

These submissions were analysed and consideration is being given to how the policy framework can be improved before being finalised.

Page last updated: 04/09/2019