Please find below a list of frequently asked questions for Contribution Plans and VPAs. If you can't find what you are looking for or require further information please contact council via email@example.com or 02 4677 1100.
Wollondilly Shire Council's Contribution Plan 2020 acknowledges the fact that new residential development places additional pressure on existing infrastructure, as well as generating the need for additional and expanded open spaces, local roads and community facilities.
Through a shared partnership between Shire funding and developer contributions, the Shire can ensure necessary local infrastructure is provided at the right time and scale in response to growth occurring.
Landowners who propose the following developments:
Please refer to Contributions Plan Clause 1.8 for more information.
Contributions are NOT payable in the following cases:
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Please refer to FAQ No. 2 & 3 in relation to applicability of contributions. To request payment advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Please note that Contributions are payable BEFORE commencement of works.
The amount you need to contribute for your development, such as a dual occupancy, a secondary dwelling (granny flat) or a 100-lot subdivision, will vary depending on the location of your development and the corresponding Section 7.11 contributions plan area.
In areas like the Wilton Growth Area, where land needs to be purchased and new roads, open spaces, and community facilities need to be provided, contributions will be higher than in established areas of the Shire that have already had these facilities established in the past.
Contributions imposed on a CDC unfortunately cannot be delayed or paid in instalments.
Deferred or periodic payments related to contributions imposed on a DA may be permitted in certain situations such as when compliance with standard payment terms outlined in section 4.1 of the contribution plan is not feasible. The delay in payment will not affect the provision of public facilities, or other valid reasons exist such as providing works- in-kind or land dedication.
For more information please refer to Clause 4.2 of Contributions Plan 2020.
The legislation allows for VPAs to be established as part of a significant development proposal or a request to alter an environmental planning document, such as a Local Environmental Plan.
To initiate the process, the developer must submit a voluntary letter of offer of public benefit to the planning authority for evaluation. The planning authority may then decide to accept or decline the offer.
Benefits obtained through a development project are intended for public use.
Examples of public benefits include, but are not limited to:
When deciding whether to approve a VPA, the planning authority must take into account several factors, including the nature and value of the public benefit being offered in relation to the nature and value of the proposed development.
Wollondilly Shire Council has its own VPA Policy and Procedures, which outlines what public benefit Council can consider from a developer through the VPA process.
In most cases the terms of the final VPA accepted by Council have been rigorously negotiated in accordance with the EPA Act, Environment Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPA Reg) and relevant guidelines published by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and Council’s own VPA Policy.
VPAs must go through a public exhibition period of at least 28 days before they can be considered by the planning authority. During this time, members of the public are able to provide their input on the specific VPA before a decision is made by the planning authority.
Approval of a VPA does NOT mean that the planning authority also approves the related development proposed by the developer. In Wollondilly Shire Council a development application and its associated VPA will follow separate processes including separate public exhibition periods.
If the VPA is accepted and entered into with a developer, the developer is obliged to deliver the public benefits as outlined in their specific VPA.
Our Voluntary Planning Agreements Register lists VPAs that are currently: