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ISEPP amendment – Upper Canal and Warragamba pipeline corridors

Statewide

The department has sought your feedback on a proposed amendment to the Infrastructure SEPP to safeguard the integrity of the Upper Canal and Warragamba Pipelines - Sydney’s bulk water supply infrastructure.

In response to concerns about the impact of urban development on the integrity of Sydney’s bulk water supply infrastructure in Western Sydney, the department is proposing changes to State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (the Infrastructure SEPP) to:

  1. identify infrastructure corridors around the Upper Canal and the two Warragamba Pipelines
  2. introduce a new clause that triggers consideration of the WaterNSW Guidelines for Development Adjacent to the Upper Canal and Warragamba Pipelines for new developments within and adjacent to the corridor.

The updated provisions will ensure there is an appropriate level of consideration given to matters affecting the integrity of the Upper Canal and Warragamba Pipelines.

The proposed amendments will add infrastructure protection as a consideration in the determination of developments that may impinge on bulk water supply infrastructure. Proponents proposing to develop within the canal/pipeline corridors will need to consult the WaterNSW Guidelines for Development Adjacent to the Upper Canal and Warragamba Pipelines when preparing a development application.

The provisions do not result in the prohibition of any development, but rather seek to ensure appropriate development near bulk water supply infrastructure.

The Upper Canal and the Warragamba Pipelines supply 90% of Sydney’s drinking water. It is essential this vital infrastructure is appropriately managed and maintained.

The proposed amendment, outlined in the EIE, was on exhibition from 27 April 2021 until 24 May 2021.

View the Explanation of Intended Effect

Guidelines for development adjacent to the Upper Canal and Warragamba

Bulk Water Supply Infrastructure Corridor Maps

 

Project Details

Notification start-end date
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Relevant legislation
EP&A Act 1979
Exhibiting agency or agencies
DPIE
Exhibition location

NSW Planning Portal