Strategies and Policies
Flood Policy 2020
The purpose of the Policy is to:
- highlight Council’s position in respect of the need for a collaborative approach across all levels of government to respond to issues associated with floodplain management across the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley, and
- set the information and development controls to be used for the preparation and assessment of Development Applications for land affected by the 1:100 ARI flood event to address the requirements of Clause 6.3 - Flood planning of Hawkesbury Local Environmental Plan 2012.
The Flood Policy 2020 includes a Schedule of Flood Related Development Controls, which provides up-to-date, relevant, and best practice controls to meet the requirements of Clause 6.3 – Flood planning of Hawkesbury Local Environmental Plan 2012, and to clearly express how a proposed development’s suitability is assessed in relation to the impacts of flooding.
The controls within the Flood Policy 2020 are based on the Hazard Category in which a development will be situated, and provides appropriate controls dependent on whether the proposal is:
- new development, or
- is for the purposes of additions, alteration, intensification, rebuilding or redevelopment of an existing use, or
- if an existing use, whether or not it is within a compatible or incompatible Hazard Category.
Hawkesbury Employment Lands Strategy
Hawkesbury Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan
- Subject to any necessary minor editing and layout amendments the draft Hawkesbury Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan, as exhibited, be adopted.
- The adopted Hawkesbury Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan be published on Council’s website.
- Council notes that the adoption of the Hawkesbury Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan does not adopt the changes to Council’s Planning Instruments. In this regard the review of the Planning Instruments will be via a separate statutory process that will further consider the recommendations in Volume two of the Plan, the recent changes to the planning Legislation and additional public consultation.
Hawkesbury Open Space Strategy
Hawkesbury Residential Land Strategy
- Accommodate between 5,000 to 6,000 additional dwellings by 2031, primarily within the existing urban areas as prescribed in the Department of Planning’s North West Subregional Strategy;
- Preserve the unique and high quality natural environment of the LGA;
- Accommodate changing population, which presents new demands in terms of housing, services and access;
- Identify on-going development pressures to expand into natural and rural areas, as well as new development both in and around existing centres; and
- Identify physical constraints of flood, native vegetation and bushfire risk.
- Ensure that the appropriate infrastructure is planned and provided to cater for future development.
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