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Wimmera CMA

Street Address:
24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400
(enter via Gleed St)

Postal Address:
PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
Fax: (03) 5382 6076
Email: wcma@wcma.vic.gov.au
 
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 5:00pm
(excluding Public Holidays and Christmas - New Year Closure.  Office may also be closed for short periods Monday mornings)

Statutory Referral Process and Planning Permits

Councils typically handle planning permits, and as such, they should be your first point of contact. Councils will refer your application to Wimmera CMA for advice on the permit implications with respect to flooding. A list of links to council planning permit websites can be found at the bottom of this page.

Planning Scheme Overlays

Wimmera CMA is a referral agency with respect to council planning permits for the planning scheme overlays. The most common referrals provided to the Wimmera CMA come from LSIO and FO (described below). Some councils have additional overlays within their planning schemes that are specific to their environment and the values of the municipality which Wimmera CMA is also referred. The list of referral overlays for Wimmera councils is provided below;

LSIO - Land Subject to Inundation Overlay

Identifies land in a flood storage or flood fringe area affected by the 100-year Annual Recurrence Interval (ARI) or other area as determined by a floodplain management authority.
In respect to the referral consideration, Wimmera CMA aims to ensure the development maintains the free passage and temporary storage of floodwaters, minimises flood damage, is compatible with flood hazard and local drainage conditions, and will not cause any significant rise in flood level or flow velocity.

FO - Floodway Overlay

Indentifies waterways, major flood paths, drainage depressions and high hazard areas, which have the greatest risk and frequency of flooding.
In respect to the referral consideration, Wimmera CMA aims to ensure the development maintains the free passage and temporary storage of floodwaters, minimises flood damage, and is compatible with flood hazard and local drainage conditions. Generally, consideration of applications in FO is more stringently assessed due to the heightened flood risk.

ESO 5 (Hindmarsh SC) - Environmental Significance Overlay 5
Wetlands of Conservation Value

Identifies low-lying areas that hold wetland values that may be of ecological significance.
In respect to the referral consideration, Wimmera CMA aims to ensure that land use and development does not degrade the identified values.

ESO6 (Hindmarsh SC) - Environmental Significance Overlay 6
Catchments of Wetlands of Conservation Value

Identifies the catchments of the wetlands identified in ESO5 (above).
In respect to the referral consideration, Wimmera CMA aims to ensure that development and land use, within the primary catchment, is controlled so as not to degrade the ecological condition of the wetlands identified in ESO5.

DDO9 (Horsham RCC) - Design and Development Overlay 9
Urban Conservation Precincts – Horsham Residential Areas

Identifies areas with a risk associated to storm water flooding.
In respect to the referral consideration, Wimmera CMA aims to consider the risk posed by the proposed development by storm water flooding, the potential effect the development may have upon redirecting or obstructing storm water of drainage water, effect of the development upon reducing flood storage, and the potential for increasing flood levels and flow velocities.

What overlays are on your land?

Go to the maps section of your council at http://planningschemes.dpcd.vic.gov.au/ to find the planning rules for your land.

Council planning website links

For more information on the planning permit process when the permit is for land subject to flooding, please refer to the following document: Applying the Flood Provisions in Planning Schemes

Find out further information at: Flood Victoria website.