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PCRZ approvals

Until 2014, water corporations benefitted from a broad exemption in Clause 62 of the Victorian Planning Provisions which allowed water corporations to carry out certain works in Public Conservation and Resource Zone (PCRZ) land without planning permission. In April 2014, this broad exemption was replaced by one which specifically applies to the Public Land Manager. Since that change, routine works to repair or replace water corporation assets in the PCRZ have required a planning permit be issued by the council. Lower Murray Water raised the issue with VicWater early in 2017, but it is relevant to all water corporation with assets in PRCZ land. VicWater wrote to both the Minister for Water and the Minister for Planning in relation to planning permits for works in the PCRZ. The Victorian Planning Provisions were amended to give effect to this change in mid-2017.