community will have the opportunity to view and comment on a proposed planning
amendment, which revises the Floodway Overlay, Special Building Overlay and
Land Subject to Inundation controls across Greater Geelong.
Council has given its approval for Amendment C339 to be prepared, which aims to
identify areas prone to flooding, coastal erosion, sea level rises and storm
surges. Through the use of planning permit assessments, the proposed amendment
seeks to protect residents and reduce the risk of damage, community hardship
and agricultural losses.
amendment proposes to implement the recommendations of the Lara Flood Study and
the Lower Barwon and Lower Moorabool Flood Investigation, which applies to low
lying properties close to the Barwon and Moorabool Rivers between Barwon Heads
and Batesford. It also seeks to apply mapping from the Bellarine Peninsula -
Corio Bay Local Coastal Hazard Assessment to properties on the fringe of Lake
Connewarre and the Barwon River estuary. The majority of the affected
properties are already subject to Greater Geelong Planning Scheme flood
from the Lower Barwon and Lower Moorabool Flood Investigation and the Lara Flood Study reflects more accurate flood risk assessment than what’s currently
in place, including a reduction in the assessed risk for some properties and
the removal of controls from large areas currently identified as being at risk
proposed changes to the Floodway Overlay, Special Building Overlay and Land
Subject to Inundation controls introduce exemptions from the need for a
planning permit for a range of matters, including for upper storey extensions
to an existing building within the building’s footprint.
affected property owners will receive a letter advising them of the changes
when the amendment is publicly exhibited later this year. The proposed
amendment will be displayed at www.geelongaustralia.com.au and submissions will be considered by council, which may refer them to an
Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor
proposed amendment is based on up to date mapping and modelling. Community
members are encouraged to read the document once it’s exhibited later this
Councillor Trent Sullivan - Chair, Planning
proposed amendment aims to protect residents from harm and avoid property
damage and agricultural losses, in areas that are prone to flooding and other
residents will be notified when the amendment is made public, so I encourage
them and the broader community to view the amendment and give feedback.