Planning controls on flood plains extended

THE State Government has approved an extension of a temporary planning regulation designed to ensure inappropriate development can not take place on Ipswich's flood plains.

Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said the Temporary Local Planning Instrument would be extended a further 12 months.

"We have had these measures in place since June 2011 and found they worked well in providing new requirements for development approvals based on a new development line representing the highest of the 1974 flood level, 2011 flood level and the predicted one-in-100 line," the councillor said.

"The Temporary Local Planning Instrument was prepared to provide continuity of improved flood control regulation until permanent planning scheme amendments are in place.

"The TLPI includes amendments to the adopted flood regulation line to better align with recent contour information and to the earthworks provisions."

Cr Tully said the extension of interim measures would help to continue to control development.

"Damage caused by the 2011 and the 2013 floods to Ipswich homes and businesses was heartbreaking for so many residents," he said.



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