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Council adopts amendment to manage flood risk

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens flood

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted an amendment to the local planning scheme to provide better flood protection in Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton.

If approved by the Minister for Planning, Planning Scheme Amendment C082 will incorporate new flood mapping boundaries and planning overlays in flood prone areas.

The 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 proposes two overlays to reduce community exposure to flooding:
• A Flood Overlay (FO) on land subject to the highest flood risk and where floods occurs most frequently, and
• A Land Subject to Inundation 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.

To help people understand the proposed changes, Council ran three information sessions in affected towns last year as well as notifying directly affected residents and property owners.

Some minor changes were made to the amendment based on submissions received during public exhibition and the findings of an independent planning panel.

Council will now send the planning amendment to the Minister for approval in accordance with legislation.

“Council prepared the amendment as one of the 10 recommendations in the Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton Flood Management Plan,” said Ben Grounds, Acting Director, Development and Infrastructure, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We also finalised the designs for six flood levees around Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Newstead earlier in the year and are working on securing funding for these projects.”

For more information visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/C082.

Image: Floods at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

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