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16 April 2011

Ipswich creates temporary new flood lines

Ipswich City Council Media Release

15 April 2011

In a move designed to provide a range of alternatives to residential development in flood-prone areas, Ipswich City Council intends to suspend existing flood regulations for up to 12 months while a detailed review is conducted.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said the interim move would improve flood regulations to control development in flood-affected areas.

"The new flood line will be based on a combination of the 1 in 100 line, the 1974 flood, and new data provided by the Department of Environment and Resource Management from the January 2011 flood.

"Areas of Ipswich in close proximity to the Bremer and Brisbane rivers, and adjacent creeks will come under the new regulations."

Cr Pisasale said the changes would be facilitated under a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI).

"The TLPI is only a temporary measure. It gives us time to carry out our own studies and work with the Flood Commission to make sure we get planning right for the future. More importantly, it must be beneficial for the whole community," he said.

"The new proposals will give consideration to allowing low impact non-residential uses in some areas most affected by the 2011 flood.

"This will provide flexibility and alternatives to residential use which will allow for a gradual transition from solely residential use.

"These moves give property owners a number of options for the future use of their property while safeguarding the amenity of the area.

"Ipswich City Council is taking a lead role by proposing these changes and once they are approved by the state government, will move quickly to adopt the TLPI," Cr Pisasale said.

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