Some areas have unique qualities which warrant special development assessment provisions to ensure the level of assessment addresses those characteristics properly.
Much of the information that gives us a better understanding of how important environmental matters are addressed during development assessment, are contained in environmental assessment policies and guidelines related to people, built environment, land, water and air.
Agreements between a planning authority (such as the Minister for Planning) and a developer are called Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs). Under the agreement a developer agrees to provide or fund: public amenities and public services. The Secretary is required to keep a register of any VPAs entered into by the Minister.
Planning in NSW is largely governed by two pieces of legislation; the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. Whilst the Act and the Regulation provide the overarching structure for planning in NSW, there are a number of other statutory documents that support that structure including; State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) and Local Environmental Plans (LEPs).
The ePlanning program is improving access to the NSW planning system, making it more transparent and easier to use. ePlanning is transforming the traditional paper-based and face-to-face interactions to an online environment where people can access planning services from anywhere at any time.