Following extensive flooding across the region in December 2010 and January 2011, Council commissioned a number of flood studies to better understand how flooding impacts our communities. These studies of 35 locations are a foundation towards our long term plan to manage and reduce the impacts of flooding and an essential first step towards our goal of a safer, stronger, more resilient region.
This project will help us identify areas of flood risk across the region and assist us put in place a robust set of planning regulations to guide development within risk areas.
During 2016, Council undertook community consultation about flood risk and proposed policy response for managing risk in future development. The feedback received during this early consultation is being considered by Council and will inform future planning scheme changes (a planning scheme amendment). There will be further public consultation in early 2018 and opportunity to make comments about the proposed planning scheme changes.
The project commenced in 2014.
Endorsement of the proposed approach to managing flood risk and associated planning scheme changes is expected by mid-2017. This will enable the planning scheme amendment process to commence and planning scheme changes are expected to become operational by end 2018.
- Finalise drafting of proposed changes to the planning scheme and preparations for consultation – Completed
- Undertake broad community consultation (non-statutory) on the proposed changes – Completed
- Council to consider any issues raised during the consultation period before finalising the proposed scheme changes – this action will occur in mid-2017.
- Council resolves to amend the planning scheme, initiating the statutory amendment process which is anticipated to conclude in the second half of 2018. The steps involved in the statutory amendment process are:
- the planning scheme amendment is reviewed by the state government.
- ·statutory public consultation is undertaken by Council.
- Council considers submissions received during the statutory consultation period.
- final review of the amendment by the state government.
- adoption of the amendment by Council.
- planning scheme changes commence.