TRC adopts Planning Scheme amendment to manage flood risk

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) today (February 18) adopted an amendment to the Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme relating to the region-wide management of flood risk at its February Ordinary meeting.

TRC’s Planning and Development Committee last week had recommended adopting the amendment.

The amendment puts measures in place so that future development in flood-affected areas does not place people or property at risk or make flooding worse.

It identifies which land uses and which types of development require development approval and the standards that new development must meet. The amendment was undertaken after the preparation of flood studies and extensive community consultation over the past five years.

TRC Strategic Planning and Economic Development portfolio leader Cr Anne Glasheen said the move enabled Council to use provisions in the Planning Act 2016 that exempt Council from potential claims for compensation in relation to the new development controls.

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