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A new amendment is seeking to update information on flood prone areas in Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton.

Monday 6 November 2017

Council is undertaking an amendment to the Mount Alexander Planning Scheme to provide better flood protection in Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton.

“Planning Scheme Amendment C082 will incorporate new flood mapping boundaries and planning overlays in flood prone areas,” said Rebecca Stockfeld, Acting Director Sustainable Development.

“The new flood maps are based on updated modelling by the North Central Catchment Management Authority in township areas that have a long history of flooding.”

“The amendment is one of 10 recommendations in the Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan to reduce community exposure to flooding,” she said.

The amendment proposes two overlays:

• A Flood Overlay (FO) on land subject to the highest flood risk and where floods occurs most frequently, and
• A Land Subject to Indundation Overlay (LSIO) on land affected by riverine flooding where it occurs on average one in every 100 years.

The introduction of the overlays means a planning permit may be required when building works are undertaken, or when developing or subdividing land, to reduce the impact of flood. Some exemptions do apply for minor buildings and works.

Council is notifying directly affected residents and property owners, and is running the information sessions in affected townships to help people understand the proposed changes.

Upcoming sessions:

Monday 13 November
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Ray Bradfield Room
Frederick St (off Forest St), Castlemaine

Wednesday 22 November
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Campbells Creek Community Centre
45 Elizabeth Street, Campbells Creek

Saturday 25 November
9.00am – 12.00pm
Chewton Senior Citizens Club
220 Main Road, Chewton

The amendment documents can be viewed at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/C082 or during business hours at the Civic Centre in Castlemaine.

Any person who is affected by the amendment may make a written submission by Monday 8 January 2018. For more information visit Council’s website or contact 5471 1700.

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