Whitsunday Regional Council has adopted the Temporary Local Planning Instrument 02/2013 Bowen Flooding and Storm Tide Regulation (TLPI 02/2013) which will help keep the Bowen community safe in a flood event, by keeping further development and people away from flood waters.

The temporary local planning instrument, which will be in place for 12 months, will place strict conditions on all types of development including houses, sheds, units and businesses within the mapped Natural Hazard Trigger Zone.

Council is committed to the safety of people and property, and ensuring their protection from unacceptable risks due to flooding and storm tide, the TLPI helps us achieve this goal.

We understand people in the Bowen area will have many questions in relation to this new regulation and as such we are doing everything to supply all the necessary information to answer these queries.

Below are the main points of the TLPI 02/2013:

• It applies to land within Bowen susceptible to flooding from the Don River and storm tide inundation along the coastline.

• It applies to all types of development, domestic and non-domestic within the mapped Natural Hazard Trigger Zone 

• Where development activity is proposed within the Natural Hazard Trigger Zone it will be necessary for a development application to be lodged and demonstrate that is complies with the requirements of the relevant code contained within the TLPI 

• In order to demonstrate compliance it may be necessary to provide one or all of the following with a Development Application:

 - A plan demonstrating that development is situated above the relevant Defined Flood Level specified for the site (Note: Dwellings must be situated 300mm above DFL)

 - An engineering report certifying that development will not result in any change to flood characteristics of the site and adjacent properties

In some instances it will be necessary to consider alternative development outcomes such as:
 - Raised ‘Queenslander' style dwellings instead of slab on ground construction
 - Carports and partially enclosed sheds or structures to allow for the free flow of water in a flood event

Council will undertake industry and community information sessions in relation to the TLPI in the new year.
Council is implementing these changes in accordance with the Queensland Government's reforms to its planning practices particularly in relation to planning for more resilient floodplains.

The Queensland Government released new information and guidelines relating to coastal hazard mapping taking into account the impacts of climate change and potential storm tide inundation.

Regulating development in accordance with TLPI 02/2013 will help minimise the potential adverse impacts caused by flooding and storm tide on new development, whilst also limiting the potential worsening of impacts on existing development.

During the temporary 12 month period the TLPI will be in place Council will establish a longer term solution for the movement of flood and storm tide in Bowen.

Work has already commenced on this with a Don River Flood Risk and Mitigation Study, which is due for competition June 2014.

Today, Council also adopted to undertake the preparation of an Urban Growth and Land Supply Study for Bowen which will identify areas within Bowen where future residential and industrial growth should occur in the future. This work will assist in accommodating growth in light of the restrictions which may apply as a consequence of the TLPI.

The TLPI 02/2013 will formally come into effect on the 13 December 2013.

TLPI and Factsheets

Download - Full Temporary Local Planning Instrument

Factsheet 1 - General Information

Factsheet 2 - For Particular Development