Significant flood events, like those in Brisbane in 2011 and those more recently in NSW, show the importance of managing flood risk up to and beyond the 1% annual exceedance probability (AEP) flood and considering flood risks up to the probable maximum flood level. This will build resilience in communities located on floodplains and reduce the extent of property damage and potential loss of life from severe to extreme flooding throughout NSW.
Updated guidance for councils
The department has been working to update the flood-prone land package which provides advice to councils on considering flooding in land-use planning.
A draft updated flood-prone land package was on exhibition from 30 April 2020 until 25 June 2020, which includes:
- a proposed amendment to schedule 4, section 7A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, to amend requirements under 10.7 planning certificates
- a revised planning circular
- a revised local planning direction regarding flooding issued under section 9.1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
- revised Local Environmental Plan flood clauses
- a new guideline: Considering Flooding in Land Use Planning (2020).
The finalised package will commence on 14 July 2021 and documents will be made available on the department’s and Legislation NSW websites.
Councils can opt in by 30 June 2021
We are asking councils to submit their interest to incorporate the optional standard instrument ‘special flood considerations’ clause to apply to their LEP.
A separate SEPP amendment will be undertaken by the department for those councils that choose to opt into the ‘special flood considerations’ clause.
Submit your interest by 30 June 2021 if you wish to opt in by using the form at dropdown below.
For more information about the flood-prone land package, please visit our webpage.
If you have any queries, you can contact a Specialist Planning Officer - Floodplain Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.