Proposed planning controls to identify and manage flood risks in Carisbrook and Dunolly were considered by an independent panel on Monday 23 November 2020.
The panel is an independent assessor of submissions to amendment processes appointed by Planning Panels Victoria (PPV). The panel heard from submitters and flood management experts, and is now in the process of preparing a report for consideration by Council.
Present at the hearing, which was held online and livestreamed, where three community members who presented two submissions. Written submissions to the exhibited amendment will also be considered by the panel.
It is anticipated that the report from the panel will be presented to Council in February 2021. The panel’s recommendations will inform Council’s decision regarding adopting the amendment and requesting approval from the Minister for Planning to make the proposed changes to the Central Goldfields Planning Scheme.
Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said Council is looking forward to receiving this independent advice regarding planning scheme changes to help manage flood risks in Dunolly and Carisbrook.
“Along with mitigation works such as flood levees, updating the planning scheme is an important element in implementing studies and plans that have been undertaken since the floods in 2010-11,” he said.
In preparing the amendment, known as C031cgol, Central Goldfields Shire Council has worked with the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) to update existing planning controls for areas of identified flood risk in the townships of Carisbrook and Dunolly. If adopted, the amendment will update the planning scheme maps and controls to ensure that new development on land in the nominated overlays takes flood risks into account.
The Strategic Planning office is available to answer enquiries on 5461 0610.