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Planning consultations for Isaac Coastal communties

Residents in Isaac coastal communities, particularly those whose properties have been identified by the State Government’s coastal hazard mapping, are being encouraged to participate in follow-up community consultation sessions for the Proposed Isaac Regional Planning Scheme.

Mayor Anne Baker said Council had extended the period for community feedback on the draft planning scheme to 5 October 2018 to give landowners, residents and business more time to comment.

“We acknowledge there has been particular concern expressed in our coastal communities regarding the implications of coastal hazard mapping in the State Planning Policy, which our new planning scheme must align to,” she said.

“To assist our residents to better understand the issues associated with coastal hazard mapping and future planning, and how this may affect their properties, Council will be undertaking further consultation sessions.”

Consultations sessions are planned for Clairview and Carmila on Wednesday 19 September. There will be a session in Clairview Park, Colonial Drive, from 3pm-4pm and Carmila Memorial Hall, Music Street, from 6pm-7pm.

“I encourage all residents with questions and concerns to attend these consultation sessions,” Mayor Baker said.

“Importantly, people need to formally contribute to the consultation and feedback process by making a submission in relation to the Proposed Isaac Regional Planning Scheme.”

Mayor Baker said coastal hazard mapping did not affect every property in the Isaac coastal region, only those identified by the State as being at risk of exposure to flooding and erosion as a result of tidal and storm surges, or other natural events.

“Council gave a commitment to affected landholders that we would seek and provide clarity in regard to the application of State guidelines relating to rebuilding a damaged home, extending an existing building or building on vacant land,” she said.

“This information is now available, has been published on Council’s website and directly mailed to affected landholders. An information flyer is also being distributed to residents and households on the coast.”

Mayor Baker said Isaac region was one of the first local government areas to propose a new planning scheme under changes to State Planning Policy and had been working proactively with the State Government to clarify issues raised by the community in response to the draft scheme.

“We appreciate there is a feeling in the community that the mapping developed by the State does not reflect their personal experience or historic understanding of the hazards created by flooding, tidal surges and other natural events,” she said.

“To address this, Council is progressing our own project to gather localised data as part of a Coastal Hazards Adaption Strategy. The outcome of this body of work may ultimately endorse or contradict the existing hazard mapping of the State. Until this local mapping is completed and validated, the existing mapping of the State will apply.

“It is important to acknowledge that the intent of any mapping and hazard overlays is to help mitigate the impact natural hazards may have on people, property, the economy, the environment and infrastructure. State Planning Policy and, by extension, Council’s planning scheme is intended to help to guide development over the coming decades.”

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11 September 2018