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.

Please nominate an approximate flood date you remember. Required
Please nominate the approximate flood date. Required
What was the approximate depth of the flood water? Required
What was the speed of the flood water? Required
Where were you when the flood occurred? Required
Is there is another flood date you can remember? Required
Where were you when this flood occurred? Required
Have you experienced a flood within the Toowoomba region? Required
Do you have an evacuation plan for future flood events? Required
What was the approximate depth of the flood waters? Required
What was the speed of the flood waters? Required
Do you know where you should relocate during times of flood? Required
Do you know who to call during an emergency for help and assistance? Required
Do you have a disaster emergency kit for your home? Required
Have you done anything to your property to make it more flood resilient? Required
How prepared are you for a future flood? Please rate on a scale of 1 (being not at all) to 10 (being I'm ready). Required

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Please nominate an approximate flood date you remember. Required
Please nominate the approximate flood date. Required
Where were you when the flood occurred? Required
What was the approximate depth of the flood water? Required
What was the speed of the flood water? Required
Is there is another flood date you can remember? Required
Have you experienced a flood within the Toowoomba region? Required
Where were you when this flood occurred? Required
Do you have an evacuation plan for future flood events? Required
What was the approximate depth of the flood waters? Required
What was the speed of the flood waters? Required
Do you know where you should relocate during times of flood? Required
Do you know who to call during an emergency for help and assistance? Required
Do you have a disaster emergency kit for your home? Required
Have you done anything to your property to make it more flood resilient? Required
How prepared are you for a future flood? Please rate on a scale of 1 (being not at all) to 10 (being I'm ready). Required

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

As a community member, you are invited to identify the actions that are strongly preferred, preferred or least preferred to manage/mitigate flooding in your community. Please tick one for each option below. Early Warning System Required
Additional Flood Gauges Required
Structural Works (ie. detention basin/drainage channel) Required
Development restrictions (ie. what development can happen and where) Required
Building Controls (ie. minimum floor levels) Required
Improved community education programs Required
Taking out appropriate insurance Required
Waterway/Creek maintenance Required
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  2. Highway in and out of town #
  3. Hospitals #
  4. Medical centres #
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  6. Childcare centres #
  7. Aged care homes #
  8. Sports facilities #
  9. Farms #
  10. Homes #
  11. Emergency service centres #
  12. Retail businesses #
  13. Community service centres #
  14. Parks #
  15. Retirement living/villages #

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Which of the following land uses do you believe would attract people who might be very vulnerable in a flood? Required
Select the appropriate response for your property. Required
I support this designation.
I oppose this designation.
This is not applicable to me.
My property is proposed to have the Low Flood Risk (FR1) designation applied to it.
My property is proposed to have the Medium Flood Risk (FR2, FR2C or FR2J) designation applied to it.
My property is proposed to have the High Flood Risk (FR3, FR3C or FR3J) designation applied to it.
My property is proposed to have the Extreme Flood Risk (FR4 or FR4C) designation applied to it.
Do your comments relate to a specific property? Required
Would you like to comment on the flood risk category (or categories) proposed for your property? Required
Is there a proposed change to the zoning of your property? Required
Do you support this change? Required
A range of development regulations are being proposed in flood risk areas across the Toowoomba region. Would you like to comment on these? Required
The reason for regulating new development in flood risk areas is to protect people and property and to prevent existing flood risks from becoming worse. Do you support this objective? Required
Do you agree that new development should be heavily restricted within high and extreme flood risk areas? Required
Do you agree that new development be allowed in low and medium flood risk areas as long as it appropriately designed? Required
Do you agree that land uses that would attract people who might be very vulnerable in a flood should not be allowed in any flood risk area, e.g. child care centres, schools, retirement villages and nursing homes? Required
The preferred method of building within medium and low flood risk areas is to raise the floor above the ground. This allows flood water to flow under the building. Do you agree that this is an appropriate method of construction for these areas? Required
Do you feel like you've been able to have a say on the proposed planning responses to help manage flood risk in our region? Required
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Flood risk category
Zone change
Development in flood risk areas
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