Proposing to rezone land or change development standards (i.e. building height, floor-space ratio, changing heritage status) is a formal planning process. This process is called a Planning Proposal and is the first step in preparing or amending a Local Environmental Plan. A planning proposal is a document that explains the intended effect of a proposed LEP and sets out the justification for making or amending a plan.
For more information, please read Strathfield Council’s Guidelines for Preparing Planning Proposal.
This document contains detailed information about preparing Planning Proposals, including required contents, lodgement, assessment, and anticipated fees and timeframes.
Listed below are links to relevant information and documents you will need to refer to at various stages of the Planning Proposal process; they should be used in conjunction with the above Guidelines.
A Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals (Department of Planning and Environment)
A Guide to Preparing Local Environmental Plans (Department of Planning and Environment)
Please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 9748 9999 to speak with a Strategic Planner regarding planning proposals currently on Public Notification.
A Planning Agreement (also commonly referred to as voluntary planning agreements or VPAs) is an agreement entered into by a planning authority (such as Strathfield Council) and a developer who has sought a change to the Local Environmental Plan (via a Planning Proposal) or as made a development application. Under the agreement, a developer agrees to provide or fund:
- Public amenities or public services
- Affordable housing
- Conservation or enhancement of the natural environment
- Other infrastructure.
A planning agreement can provide for the dedication of land, payment of a monetary contribution or any other public benefit to be used for a public purpose. Planning agreements cannot be entered into unless public notice has been given and an explanatory note is made available for inspection.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulation provides the provisions relating to Planning Agreements. The Department of Planning & Environment also provide information and guidelines on planning agreements
Planning agreements cannot be entered into unless public notice has been given and an explanatory note is made available for inspection for at least 28 days.
Clause 25F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation requires Council to keep a register of all planning agreements. Below is a list of planning agreements with Council that are currently being notified, have been finalised or executed for public view.
The table below provides a definition of the above terms.
|Notification||Planning agreements on notification are available for public inspection and comment for at least 28 days before being finalised|
|Finalisation||Finalising planning agreements have been publicly notified but are yet to be entered into by the Council (or other Planning Authority as the case maybe) and the Developer|
|Executed||Executed planning agreements that have been entered into and signed by the General Manager on behalf of Council and the Developer|