Safer, Stronger, More Resilient Region - flood risk and you


UPDATE: Council considered submissions to Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme Amendment No.17 on 19 March, 2019. Download a copy of the Council Report.


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 are being implemented through Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme Amendment No.17.

To find out more about the flood studies please download our project timeline, 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 we are proposing to amend the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme 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 amendment proposes including land identified as having a flood risk within the Flood Hazard Overlay, and updating the Flood Hazard Overlay Code and other applicable parts of the planning scheme to better regulate development in flood risk areas.

It applies to land throughout the Toowoomba Region identified as having a flood risk.

The proposed amendment can be viewed here and at Customer Service Centres.

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.

The planning scheme amendment will now be reviewed by the State Government before being adopted by Council later this year.


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.


Further information

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



UPDATE: Council considered submissions to Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme Amendment No.17 on 19 March, 2019. Download a copy of the Council Report.


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 are being implemented through Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme Amendment No.17.

To find out more about the flood studies please download our project timeline, 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 we are proposing to amend the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme 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 amendment proposes including land identified as having a flood risk within the Flood Hazard Overlay, and updating the Flood Hazard Overlay Code and other applicable parts of the planning scheme to better regulate development in flood risk areas.

It applies to land throughout the Toowoomba Region identified as having a flood risk.

The proposed amendment can be viewed here and at Customer Service Centres.

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.

The planning scheme amendment will now be reviewed by the State Government before being adopted by Council later this year.


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.


Further information

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