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Council places special provisions on development to reduce the flood risk to buildings, residents and neighbours.

Local Environment Plan

The Port Stephens Local Environment Plan 2013 (Section 7.3) outlines the provisions for development in Flood Prone Areas in Port Stephens and includes reference to the Flood Planning Map.

Development Controls Plan (DCP)

The development controls applied to a flood prone lot are dependent on the flood hazard category and the nature of flooding on the subject property. Flood related development controls are detailed in the 2014 DCP (section B5).

Floodplain Risk Management Policy

The current Floodplain Risk Management Policy was adopted in March 2016 and aims to:

  • Take an integrated risk management approach to the development of flood prone land, recognising that land should not be unnecessarily restricted and that decisions take into account the flood hazard.
  • Provide a framework to manage floodplain risk through cost effective measures that address the flood hazard as identified in local floodplain risk management studies and plans.
  • Ensure that the Emergency Services are provided with the most up to date flood information so they can include it in their emergency response and recovery planning.

If you require further information, please contact the Development Engineering Team.

Contact Details
Development Engineer
Phone: (02) 4988 0255
Email: Development.Engineering@portstephens.nsw.gov.au