VPAs: Value capture or legal bribe?

There is a lot of noise about ‘value capture’ at present. One of the current NSW legal mechanisms for value capture in NSW sits within the framework for Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPA) set out in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). These agreements have in some cases been used by Planning Authorities…

Evolution of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act

Our blog entry on 11 February traced the dramatic events leading up to the shelving of the NSW Planning Bill in December 2013, as well as the direction the Government was likely to move in light of the stalemate between the Houses.  The below infographic plots the evolution of key aspects of the Environmental Planning &…