The Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Planning Agreements) Regulations 2020 provide for groups of councils to enter into planning agreements with the Minister.
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These Regulations are made to support the new planning system under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. They provides councils with a mechanism to deliver planning functions, local government functions and, potentially, delegated state functions on a regional basis.
A planning agreement is a long-term arrangement that allows for planning functions to be delegated to regional groupings of councils, subject to agreed performance measures and targets.
Each planning agreement is to be delivered by establishing a ‘joint planning board’ (with between three and seven members) to perform agreed functions (for example, regional planning or assessment).
The process of establishing a board has been flexibly designed to allow for parties to determine the arrangements that suit them best. In addition to allowing for planning powers to be delegated to joint planning boards, planning agreements may also include others matters that may be agreed by other Ministers (for example, regional development or natural resource management).