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We're committed to the goal of a Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region by continuing to improve flood management and community awareness of flood risk.

December 2010 and January 2011 saw parts of the Toowoomba region experience significant flooding resulting in the loss of life and significant damage to property. In response to those events we commenced a comprehensive program to improve development regulation in flood-affected areas, enhance flood management and increase community awareness of flood risk.

That program has resulted in the preparation of flood studies for 34 urban areas and the Condamine River catchment and recommendations for how to better regulate development within flood risk areas to protect people and property in the event of flooding. Those recommendations have been implemented through Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme Amendment No.17.

To find out more about the flood studies please visit the flood studies document library or check out our video.


The Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme Amendment

We have been working with property owners, communities and other stakeholders across the region to gather vital flood information since 2015. As an outcome of this consultation the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme has been amended to identify areas with a flood risk and to include development controls to protect people and property in flood affected areas and help us better plan for the future.

The Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme identifies which land uses and which types of development require development approval and the standards that new development must meet.

The planning scheme now includes land identified as having a flood risk within the Flood Hazard Overlay. The Flood Hazard Overlay Code and other applicable parts of the planning scheme have also been amended to better regulate development in flood risk areas.

Descriptions of each flood risk area and zoning changes that have been made by the planning scheme amendment can be found in the FAQs section on the right-hand side of the screen.

The final planning scheme amendment can be viewed here.

The planning scheme amendment was adopted by Council on 21 July 2020 and will come into force on 21 August 2020.


Previous community consultation

We undertook two rounds of region-wide community consultation to build awareness of and manage and reduce the impacts of flooding in 2015 and 2016.

The first round of consultation to collect feedback around the flood studies was held in March 2015. Over 2000 property owners, industry groups, government stakeholders, community organisations and emergency services personnel participated in this initial round which included open house events, one-on-one meetings and online consultation (Your Say website). Over 1800 pieces of information were collecting during this round and have been used to validate and update the studies.

In October and November 2016 we undertook further region-wide consultation to explore potential planning responses to regulate development in flood affected areas and share flood risk mapping. Approximately 10,000 stakeholders were engaged through open house events, letters, one-on-one meetings and online consultation (Your Say website). Over 70 submissions were received during this process. These submissions were considered by Council in July 2017 and have assisted in the formulation of proposed Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme (TRPS) amendments.

Details on the issues raised through this feedback and how Council has responded are available in the minutes of the July 2017 Planning and Development Committee meeting.

Additional community consultation on the proposed amendment ran from 27 August to 5 October 2018 with 190 submissions received. Council considered those submission on 19 March, 2019 and decided to make 13 changes to the planning scheme amendment in response to issues that had been raised. A copy of the Council report considering each submission is available here.

A final round of consultation to invite feedback on proposed compensation exemptions ran from 15 November to 13 December 2019.

Further information

To find out more, please contact Council on 131 872 or yoursay@tr.qld.gov.au.

We're committed to the goal of a Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region by continuing to improve flood management and community awareness of flood risk.

December 2010 and January 2011 saw parts of the Toowoomba region experience significant flooding resulting in the loss of life and significant damage to property. In response to those events we commenced a comprehensive program to improve development regulation in flood-affected areas, enhance flood management and increase community awareness of flood risk.

That program has resulted in the preparation of flood studies for 34 urban areas and the Condamine River catchment and recommendations for how to better regulate development within flood risk areas to protect people and property in the event of flooding. Those recommendations have been implemented through Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme Amendment No.17.

To find out more about the flood studies please visit the flood studies document library or check out our video.


The Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme Amendment

We have been working with property owners, communities and other stakeholders across the region to gather vital flood information since 2015. As an outcome of this consultation the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme has been amended to identify areas with a flood risk and to include development controls to protect people and property in flood affected areas and help us better plan for the future.

The Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme identifies which land uses and which types of development require development approval and the standards that new development must meet.

The planning scheme now includes land identified as having a flood risk within the Flood Hazard Overlay. The Flood Hazard Overlay Code and other applicable parts of the planning scheme have also been amended to better regulate development in flood risk areas.

Descriptions of each flood risk area and zoning changes that have been made by the planning scheme amendment can be found in the FAQs section on the right-hand side of the screen.

The final planning scheme amendment can be viewed here.

The planning scheme amendment was adopted by Council on 21 July 2020 and will come into force on 21 August 2020.


Previous community consultation

We undertook two rounds of region-wide community consultation to build awareness of and manage and reduce the impacts of flooding in 2015 and 2016.

The first round of consultation to collect feedback around the flood studies was held in March 2015. Over 2000 property owners, industry groups, government stakeholders, community organisations and emergency services personnel participated in this initial round which included open house events, one-on-one meetings and online consultation (Your Say website). Over 1800 pieces of information were collecting during this round and have been used to validate and update the studies.

In October and November 2016 we undertook further region-wide consultation to explore potential planning responses to regulate development in flood affected areas and share flood risk mapping. Approximately 10,000 stakeholders were engaged through open house events, letters, one-on-one meetings and online consultation (Your Say website). Over 70 submissions were received during this process. These submissions were considered by Council in July 2017 and have assisted in the formulation of proposed Toowoomba Region Planning Scheme (TRPS) amendments.

Details on the issues raised through this feedback and how Council has responded are available in the minutes of the July 2017 Planning and Development Committee meeting.

Additional community consultation on the proposed amendment ran from 27 August to 5 October 2018 with 190 submissions received. Council considered those submission on 19 March, 2019 and decided to make 13 changes to the planning scheme amendment in response to issues that had been raised. A copy of the Council report considering each submission is available here.

A final round of consultation to invite feedback on proposed compensation exemptions ran from 15 November to 13 December 2019.

Further information

To find out more, please contact Council on 131 872 or yoursay@tr.qld.gov.au.