Flood guidelines

Landholders, with an ambition to build their own ‘Grand Design’ in flood plain areas, are encouraged to consult new ‘Guidelines for development in flood prone areas‘ before getting the earth movers in to lay out the foundations.

Originally released in 2013, the now updated Guidelines are intended to be a reference tool for property owners, developers, designers or builders looking to develop land in flood prone areas.

“Flooding is a natural event which, while rare over recent years is something we continue to plan and provide advice on to the public,” says Manager of Statutory Planning, Adam Dunn.

“This is an important part of the work the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), does and probably the most important statutory role we fulfil,” added Adam.

“In Victoria, all proposals for development on floodplains are assessed against a flood that, on average, will occur once every 100 years. A flood of this size has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year. There is always a possibility that a flood larger in height and extent than the ‘one in a hundred year’ flood may occur in the future.”

“Climate change is expected to result in significant changes in storm behaviour over coming years with extreme rainfall events, that drive major flooding likely to increase over the next few decades”, concluded Adam.

The new Guidelines have been developed with input from the public and other stakeholders over recent months and are available here.

If an individual would like to develop in a flood prone area, they are encouraged to contact the WGCMA’s Statutory Planning Team before you apply for a Planning or Building Permit. To contact a member of the CMAs planning team please phone 1300 094 262 or email planning@wgcma.vic.gov.au.

Published Thursday January 30th, 2020