Ipswich City Council Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully.
Ipswich City Council Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully. David Nielsen

Flood measures extended until they can be adopted

IPSWICH City Council is proposing to extend its temporary planning provisions for development in flood prone areas.

Ipswich City Council Planning and Development Committee chairman Paul Tully said the extension of the Temporary Local Planning Instrument had been sent to the State Government for adoption.

"These measures were originally brought in following the 2011 Flood Inquiry when it was recommended that improved planning guidelines for development could provide greater protection from future floods," Cr Tully said.

"We have had these measures in place since June 2011 and found they have worked well in providing new requirements for development approvals based on a new development flood level of the 1974 flood.

"We have extended this instrument for a further 12 months as that is the maximum period of time that we are permitted to do so under Queensland planning legislation.

"It is council's intention that key provisions in this planning instrument will be formally incorporated into future amendments to the Ipswich Planning Scheme.

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

"The early settlers who planned Ipswich did not know that they were building in areas that would be subject to flooding in the future.

"These measures go a long way to ensuring our communities will be better prepared for any future flood incidents."


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