and welcome to the July edition of “Keep Things Flowing”, the
monthly newsletter presented by Storm Water Consulting.
In this month’s
newsletter we review the new State Planning Policy, we share a snap
from a recent outing and we answer another frequently asked
New State Planning
Policy (July 2017)
On the 3rd
of July the Queensland Government adopted a new State Planning
Policy (SPP) which supersedes the previous State Planning Policy
from April 2016. One application of the SPP is to assess whether a
development triggers the need to meet Water Quality Objectives (WQO).
The SPP also nominates what the target Water Quality Objectives
will be. The target WQO are determined based on the location of the
subject property, which could be:
York, Wet Tropics and Dry Tropics;
WQO have not changed from the previous SPP. It should also be noted
that many individual Councils also have their own WQO triggers and
targets that differ from those set in the SPP. In the event where
the two differ, both criteria must be met. If you require stormwater
quality treatment (or if you are unsure about whether you need stormwater
quality treatment) please contact our office and we would be
pleased to provide you with assistance.
State of Origin
month the deciding game of the State of Origin was held at Suncorp
Stadium in Brisbane. The Storm Team were invited to the Game by
SPEL Environmental. A picture of us all at the game is below.
Left to Right- Jack, Steve,
Kim, Darren (Cody – AWOL in Bali)
We are very
happy to say that once again the mighty Maroons smashed the Blues
and continued the decade of domination. QUEENSLANDER!
I want to
subdivide my flood prone land (in Brisbane) is this possible?
flood prone land is often difficult because Council do not want to
intensify the land use in flood prone areas as this creates extra
strain on emergency services and puts more of the population at
risk of injury or death. The Flood Overlay Code requires all newly
created lots to provide a minimum of 300m2 of flood
immune land area. The purpose of this requirement is so that a
dwelling, unaffected by flood water, can be constructed on the new
lot. The number of people at risk during a flood event would
therefore not be increased (assuming trafficable access is not an
flood immune land area, the flood water would either need to be
diverted away from the new lot, or the lot would have to be filled
above the flood level. Both of these solutions divert the flood
water onto neighbouring land, which could cause an adverse impact
to the neighbouring land. An assessment of the impacts caused by
filling the lot or diverting the flood water would need to be
undertaken by a hydraulic engineer. If it can be demonstrated that
the flood water could be diverted without adverse impact then
subdividing could potentially occur.
stormwater issues that would also need to be investigated include:
free trafficable access;
point of discharge and;
us to the end of another edition of “Keep Things Flowing”. If you
have any questions about information presented in this month’s
edition please feel free to contact our office.
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