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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Brisbane homeowners receive go ahead to rebuild above flood levels

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Monday, May 02, 2011

    Brisbane homeowners receive go ahead to rebuild above flood levels

    The Bligh Government has endorsed Brisbane City Council’s (BCC) interim planning measure to help rebuild homes in flood affected areas.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas said he had advised BCC that it may adopt a temporary local planning instrument (TLPI) that would allow flood affected properties on standard lots to be built up to 9.5 metres above ground level without the need for a development approval, which is one metre higher than the current 8.5 metre planning limit.

    “Approximately 12 000 Brisbane homes were affected by the devastating floods in January this year,” Mr Lucas said.

    “Additionally, many developers want to get on with the job of building houses and units in areas that may potentially be impacted by future floods if they are not built at a particular height. The TLPI adopts an interim flood level to regulate floor levels so that they can on with constructing dwellings.

    “For flood affected properties that are unable to be raised to achieve flood immunity, the TLPI introduces a number of new standards such as flood resilient building design and materials including water resistant sheeting, for new building works below minimum floor levels.

    “One of the things that was learnt from the floods is that they appear to have impacted on different parts of Brisbane in different ways compared to the 1974 floods.

    “One of the key roles of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry is to look at appropriate development levels and the like in Queensland, though this is something that we do not expect to finalise until early next year.

    “That is why the State has been happy to work with BCC to prepare an interim measure under this TLPI prior to the commission’s findings being handed down.

    “Ultimately the commission may adopt a different view however the TLPI represents BCC’s consideration of expert reports on the best interim levels pending that final decision.”

    Mr Lucas said he had endorsed a TLPI that BCC can implement to give flood victims certainty about what they can do before long term changes to the planning scheme can be implemented.

    “The TLPI will allow flood-affected homes to be raised above 2011 flood levels,” Mr Lucas said.

    “The State Government worked closely with BCC and did everything in its power to get this instrument approved within a matter of weeks to get people back into their homes as soon as possible.

    “This will greatly reduce the social and economic hardships being faced by thousands of people in the aftermath of this devastating natural disaster.”

    For the next 12 months where on standard lots affected by waterway or Brisbane River flooding, the maximum building height allowed for houses being raised or new houses being built will be raised to 9.5 metres without the need to apply for a development approval.

    Residents who do not wish to raise their houses will be able to rebuild their properties exactly as they were; but these changes have been implemented to encourage people to build their homes to a level that will provide appropriate flood immunity.

    “This is quite different to the ability to prevent building in areas previously not built on.”

    The TLPI establishes an interim residential flood level, which is based on the highest of either the January 2011 Brisbane River flood event or the Defined Flood Level, as established in the existing planning scheme.

    Mr Lucas emphasised that this is a temporary solution and BCC would have to amend its planning scheme before the TLPI expired in April 2012.


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