Floodplain management planning process
The development of floodplain management plans is a partnered approach between NSW DPI Water and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
The development of floodplain management plans is overseen by an Interagency Regional Panel comprising membership form DPI (Agriculture and Fisheries interests), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and DPI Water.
How plans are developed
NSW Office of Environment and Heritage develops the technical content of floodplain management plans in consultation with a Technical Advisory Group.
NSW DPI Water is responsible for the review and consultation process for the development of floodplain management plans and for writing the Order (legal plan).
The Interagency Regional Panel review the draft floodplain management plans at key stages in the development process;
- prior to targeted consultation,
- prior to public exhibition,
- and prior to finalisation of each plan.
Floodplain management plans are Minister’s plans, they require the endorsement of the Minister for Lands and Water and concurrence of the Minister for the Environment prior to commencement.
The aim of community consultation is to gather information on local issues. This local feedback is critical for finalising the draft floodplain management plan boundary, management zones, rules and assessment criteria.
Early in the process for development of floodplain management plans the draft boundary, management zones, rules and assessment criteria are road tested during targeted consultation (informal) with key stakeholders.
Feedback received from targeted consultation is considered in preparing the draft floodplain management plan boundary, management zones, rules and assessment criteria for public exhibition.
Floodplain management plans are publicly exhibited for a minimum 40 days as required by legislation. Submissions received from the exhibition of floodplain management plans are considered by the Interagency Regional Panel prior to finalisation of each plan.