HOMES AT RISK: 800+ properties rezoned as flood area
HUNDREDS of families have found themselves on the wrong side of a new council flood map, as land owners are warned they will face development limits after being classed as a hazard zone.
Mackay Regional Council will today decide whether to incorporate new flood mapping data into the planning scheme.
These homes and businesses from Mirani east to McEwens Beach are now in a flood hazard area, limiting how residents can build on their land.
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Letters were sent to residents in July warning them that future developments on their land could be put into question.
"Existing development will not be impacted by the changed mapping, but it could affect
future development," the letters said.
"Requirements in the code will apply to certain types of development within areas mapped by the overlay.
"In certain instances, the overlay may also change development application triggers."
The flood zone means new residential care facilities, libraries, museums, ambulance stations, hospitals, disaster management facilities, waste and water plants and power stations will not be built in the on the land.
And any new developments will also need to pass hydraulic and hydrology reports before they are approved.
But a council report said the new mapping was essential to protect lives and homes over the next 80 years.
"(It will) avoid the social, financial and environmental costs arising from the impacts of coastal hazards, taking into account the projected effects of climate change," the report said.
"A planning scheme must contain the most up-to-date information about the risks to life and or property by providing for the inclusion of new or amended natural hazard mapping in the planning scheme for a flood hazard area based on a localised flood study."
The flood maps were adopted by the council in February, but today councillors will vote to incorporate the findings into the planning scheme.
Other minor planning scheme changes will impact water supply and wastewater networks, fire hydrant placement, bicycle routes, footpaths, street furniture, street trees, landscaping, and other street elements.
The changes would also provide greater clarity for Mackay city centre land owners looking to have open spaces, car parks and landscaping approved.