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Since the Whitsunday Regional Council adopted the Temporary Local Planning Instrument02/2013 Bowen Flooding and Storm Tide Regulation (TLPI) in December last year the number of development applications lodged and approved in Bowen has actually increased.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said alarmist statements that the TLPI is killing the building industry, or that the industry is in crisis have been proven to be incorrect.
“Since the TLPI was introduced in December last year, 31 building applications have beenreceived and approved by Council within the TLPI area in Bowen,” Mayor Whitney said.
“In the six months prior to the TLPI coming into effect only 24 building applications were received and approved by Council in the same area.
“This proves that the building industry in Bowen is not stalling in fact the activity has increasedsince the TLPI came into effect,” she said.
Mayor Whitney said the purpose of the TLPI is to help keep the Bowen community safe in a flood event, by keeping further development and people away from flood waters.
“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,” she said.
“The TLPI places strict conditions on all types of development including houses, sheds, units and businesses within the mapped Natural Hazard Trigger Zone.
“Despite these conditions the development approval figures from the last year show that with theTLPI in place the building industry can continue to grow in a way which won’t place the people ofBowen at further risk from flooding,” she said.
Council implemented these changes in accordance with the Queensland Government’s reforms 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.
Regulating development in accordance with TLPI 02/2013 will help minimise the potential adverse impacts caused by flooding and storm tide on new development, whilst also limiting the potential worsening of impacts on existing development.
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