There is a need to preserve corridors to ensure that cost-effective, multi-use infrastructure can be provided in the future. Preserving corridors is a multi-step process that includes defining the corridor, applying land use controls, and acquiring the land required for the corridor.
Purchasing land for corridor protection is a relatively low-risk exercise for governments as acquiring land in the short-term does not preclude changing course in the future.
The Victorian Government has undertaken planning for the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road and E6 corridor, and defined the corridor through application of a Public Acquisition Overlay in 2010. This allows for compulsory acquisition of property when required. It also gives the Victorian Department of Transport rights to request refusal of development applications.The early protection and staged purchase of land in the corridor is aligned with Infrastructure Australia’s previous recommendations to the Council of Australian Governments, and