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Whitsunday Regional Council today resolved to lodge the new Temporary Local PlanningInstrument 01/2014 Coastal Protection and Flood Hazard Regulation for the Bowen PlanningScheme 2006 (TLPI) with the Queensland Government.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new TLPI is less onerous on applicants with the inclusion of self assessable criteria.
Under the new TLPI, the self-assessable criteria means Council planning applications will not need to be lodged for:
- Minor building works- Extensions up to 75m2 to existing building- Other developments which can adequately demonstrate the appropriate level of floodimmunity and have no flood impact on adjoining owners
“Council has worked with the State Government and members of the Bowen community to improve the way the existing TLPI was constructed to make it easier for people to work through the approval process,” she said.
“This work will continue over the coming months whilst the new TLPI and new planning schemeare being developed and reviewed.
“The new TLPI also includes new regulatory maps and codes, separating coastal hazards andflood hazards, meaning applications triggered due to coastal hazards will not need to consider offsite flooding impacts.
“The aim of the new TLPI is for greater clarity for landowners and the community in relation to the flooding and coastal hazard risk within Bowen.
“The TLPI also establishes a clear statutory policy setting out the most up to date flood levels and assessment criteria when undertaking development and development assessment within Bowen.
“It also ensures that people and property are not placed at significant risk from flood or coastalhazards in Bowen,” she said.
Council also resolved to write to the State Member for Burdekin Rosemary Menkens requestingurgent assistance through the State Government in seeking funding to carry out a study on climate change and remodelling requirements for the Bowen TLPI.
Furthermore, if funding should not be available the Member is requested to provide WhitsundayRegional Council and individual Councillors with appropriate public liability indemnity if Councilwere to remove the 0.8m climate change requirements from the Bowen TLPI as requested by the community
The CEO will now write to the Minister for State Development Infrastructure and Planningrequesting the proposed new TLPI be considered to replace the existing TLPI 02/2013, which isdue to lapse on the 18th December 2014.
As the new Whitsunday Regional Council Planning Scheme is not due to be adopted until 2016 a new TLPI is needed to manage the period between when the TLPI 02/2013 lapses and the new planning scheme comes into effect.
The current Bowen Planning Scheme 2006 does not incorporate a specific code to regulate theimpact of flooding and coastal hazards on development; these codes need to be included tocomply with State Government planning requirements. These provisions have already beenaddressed by the Whitsunday Planning Scheme 2009 which covers the southern part of the local government area.
The new TLPI also represents a step towards the proposed format of the regulation in the newplanning scheme.
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