Southside housing growth powering ahead

GYMPIE housing growth continues to power ahead with approval of new residential allotments in a partly flood-affected area in Sorensen Rd, Southside.

Councillors at their most recent general meeting approved 48 residential lots in a part of the site where housing will have to allow for partial inundation in a notional one-in-100-year flood event.

They are among 139 lots approved in the same estate and are those now affected by the State Government's flood hazard overlay.

A Planning Department report to councillors advised that the proposal complies with a requirement that it safely manage any potential flooding.

"It is considered that the impacts of natural hazards (both flood and bushfire) have been effectively assessed and managed... to provide adequate building envelopes suitable for residential lots above the one-in-100-year flood line," the report says.

It says only one submission was received objecting to the proposal and all its concerns had been addressed during the council's lot approval process. Planning councillor Ian Petersen said the developer wanted to obtain the approvals "in one go," instead of individual approvals for each lot.

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