What is a Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA)?

    A Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) is a legal document created under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) between developers and government agencies (including councils). VPAs are a form of ‘development contribution’ and provide an opportunity for the community to benefit from a development. A VPA sets a framework for the provision of funds, the dedication of land free of cost, or the carrying out of works that provide a material public benefit. This contribution can be for infrastructure, services, public amenities or the enhancement of the natural environment. The funds or works must deliver a positive planning benefit.

    In this case, the VPA is between Sutherland Shire Council, South Village Pty Ltd (ACN 164 771 224) atf South Village Trust and Combined Projects (Kirrawee) Pty Ltd.

    For more information about VPAs, see our website.

    What is happening with the residential property purchased by Council at 168 Oak Road?

    As part of a separate project, Council purchased some land on Oak Road in 2019 using developer contributions and will transform it into a new community park to be enjoyed by the Kirrawee community.

    The design of the park will be informed by extensive community consultation to understand the needs of the community.

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