New development rules for flood-prone lands in The Hills

INFORMATION about building in flood-prone areas in The Hills is now much easier to access.

The Hills councillors on Tuesday unanimously supported the proposed amendments to The Hills Development Control Plan 2012 to include flood-related development controls in a new section.

According to a report by principal forward planner, Raquel Ricafort-Bleza, the new section outlines requirements for development on land subject to flood controls.

"It will assist applications for complying development and automation of section 149 planning certificates," she wrote.

"It will also improve council's ability to manage flood-controlled land thereby minimising potential damages to property and risk to human life without unreasonably restricting development."

The council received 24 submissions from individuals and one from the Hills Progress Association which addressed matters such as flood control buffers, development opportunities and the effects on property values and insurance.

"I think it's incumbent on us to make people aware of these issues . . . [especially] as humans keep building in flood-prone areas," Cr Alan Haselden said.

Cr Mike Thomas said: "Where it assists a buyer I fully support that". Deputy mayor Andrew Jefferies said: "We've provided a document that gives a bit of certainty to people."

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