Investors and developers looking to buy as well as owners who already have property in the Toowoomba region can now find out the flood risk for their properties with the launch of an online Flood Risk Information Portal.
Toowoomba Regional Council’s Planning and Development Committee chair Chris Tait says the council has taken a holistic approach to using both engineering and social factors in determining flood risk and the planning responses.
“Council is committed to improving flood management and community awareness of flood risk as part of our goal of building a safer, stronger, more resilient region,” he explains.
“This means building a region that is financially, socially and environmentally sustainable.
“Residents can use the Flood Risk Information Portal to find out the flood risk for their property, the associated planning responses and a chance to have their say.”
Tait says the council has a duty of care to reduce potential future risks and build awareness around natural hazards, and provide certainty about where development can occur across the region.
Planning and Development portfolio leader Anne Glasheen says council has undertaken extensive consultation on flood risk across the region.
“In February 2015, council released flood studies for 35 locations across the region. These studies were undertaken by specialist engineers and incorporate the latest data, modelling techniques and community input.
“An in-depth review of the flood studies and community flood data helped inform the detailed flood risks assessments and planning evaluations. These assessments provide greater clarity around planning for future development and the type of development best suited to different areas.
“Planning responses to this new information on flood risks may include restricting development on land known to be susceptible to flood risk, on where and what type of development can occur, controlling the level and form of buildings, and using zoning changes to limit future increases in risk,” she adds.
Glasheen says the next step will be to help the community understand flood risk and gather feedback on the proposed planning responses to manage that risk.
“Online and face-to-face consultation will be held between October 17 and November 30, 2016, so residents can have their say on the planning responses,” she says.
Ways to have your say:
Online mapping tool – go to http://yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/flood-resilience to view individualised flood information for your property;
Phone council on 131 872 and quote “flood risk” to speak to a planner about your property or to book a meeting with a planner in Toowoomba;
Email– type your comments or questions in an email and send to email@example.com;
Head online to http://yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/flood-resilience to look at frequently asked questions, download council’s information series and maps, look at proposed planning scheme changes or make a submission;
Facebook live chat – chat to council’s project team on either November 3 (6pm-7pm) or November 8 (6pm-7pm). Head to https://www.facebook.com/toowoomba.region and register on the events page to be part of the discussion;
Visit one of the council’s customer service centres to submit a written response; or
Mail comments to: Toowoomba Regional Council, PO Box 3021, Toowoomba Q 4350