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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jennifer Whitney said a building industry meeting is beingheld at Bowen PCYC on Friday 21st February at 9am to discuss the Bowen Flooding and StormTide Regulation Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI).
“Anyone involved in the building industry or interested parties are encouraged to attend thisinformation session which will outline the details of the TLPI adopted by Council last year,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The TLPI was adopted by Council to help keep the Bowen community safe in a flood event, bykeeping further development and people away from flood waters.
“The recent storm surge tide from Cyclone Dylan affecting parts of Bowen, reminds us why thisTLPI is relevant for keeping residents safe.
“The TLPI, which will be in place for 12 months, will place strict conditions on all types ofdevelopment including houses, sheds, units and businesses within the mapped Natural HazardTrigger Zone.
“We are committed to the safety of people and property, and ensuring their protection fromunacceptable risks due to flooding and storm tide, the TLPI helps us achieve this goal..
“We understand people in the Bowen area will have many questions in relation to this newregulation, which is why we are running this building industry meeting to explain the changes,” she said.
Below are the main points of the TLPI:
• It applies to land within Bowen susceptible to flooding from the Don River and storm tideinundation along the coastline.• It applies to all types of development, domestic and non-domestic within the mapped
Natural Hazard Trigger Zone
• Where development activity is proposed within the Natural Hazard Trigger Zone it will benecessary for a development application to be lodged and demonstrate that is complieswith the requirements of the relevant code contained within the TLPI
• In order to demonstrate compliance it may be necessary to provide one or all of thefollowing with a Development Application:o A plan demonstrating that development is situated above the relevant Defined Flood Level specified for the site (Note: Dwellings must be situated 300mm above DFL)o An engineering report certifying that development will not result in any change to flood characteristics of the site and adjacent properties
In some instances it will be necessary to consider alternative development outcomes such as:• Raised ‘Queenslander’ style dwellings instead of slab on ground construction• Carports and partially enclosed sheds or structures to allow for the free flow of water in aflood event
Mayor Whitney said all the details of the TLPI are available on the Council website, along with aseries of factsheets and the Natural Hazard Trigger Zone maps.
“Council is implementing these changes in accordance with the Queensland Government’sreforms to its planning practices particularly in relation to planning for more resilient floodplains.
“The Queensland Government released new information and guidelines relating to coastal hazard mapping taking into account the impacts of climate change and potential storm tide inundation.”
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