The main objective of the Flood Prone Land Policy is to reduce the impact of flooding and flood liability on owners and occupiers of flood-prone property and reduce public and private losses. The policy recognises the benefits of use, occupation and development of flood-prone land.
The Floodplain Development Manual supports the policy and guides councils through the floodplain risk management process. The manual helps councils develop and implement local floodplain risk management plans and outlines the technical assistance provided by the NSW Government.
The manual details the roles and responsibilities of various NSW agencies and includes information on:
- the preparation of flood studies, floodplain risk management studies and plans
- floodplain risk management options
- flood planning levels and areas
- hydraulic and hazard categorisation
- emergency response planning.
The manual was gazetted in 2005 as the manual relating to the development of flood-liable land for the purposes of section 733 of the Local Government Act 1993.
The Floodplain Risk Management Guidelines complement the manual to help councils to fulfil their role in developing and managing flood-prone land while reducing damage from floods.