Water Sensitve Design Measures proposed

Monday 22 June, 2020

In a move aimed to maximise water conservation and reuse, Tamworth Regional Council is proposing changes to a number of planning guidelines through the addition of Water Sensitive Design Measures.

The proposed amendments to the Tamworth Regional Development Control Plan 2010 are now on public exhibition to allow community members the chance to learn more about the initiative and tell Council what they think about it.

Tamworth Regional Councillor Helen Tickle said the proposal is the latest action in Council’s ongoing efforts to help residents and local businesses maximise the conservation of drinking water, increase reuse of greywater and reduce their water costs.

“We want local residents to think about greywater reuse as part of everyday life, especially how greywater can help them maintain outdoor areas at home while either in or out of drought,” said Cr Tickle. “The Water Sensitive Design measures together with Council’s current Water Rebate Scheme aims to achieve significant potable water savings across the region.”

The proposed Water Sensitive Design measures will require that all new homes and other forms of development incorporate a range of water efficiency measures at the design stage of the proposed development.

Small scale development such as homes and dual occupancies will be eligible for a faster approval process if they include three out of six Water Sensitive Design Essentials. The proposed amendment will also update the fast track development strand for residential development and reduce expected processing times for applications.

A series of Fact Sheets have been produced by Council to provide information about the proposed amendment and details about the Water Sensitive Design Essentials which include use of Water Efficient Appliances, Rainwater Tanks, Raingardens, Greywater Diversion Devices, Greywater Treatment Systems, and Pre-plumbing for Greywater Reuse.

Due to the current COVID-19 public health orders, the usual public exhibition period has been extended from four weeks to six weeks. It will include two online engagement activities – one for developers and one for the wider community. For more details, see the MyTRC Online Community portal page at yourvoice.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/water-sensitive-design.

Written feedback should be mailed to: The General Manager, Tamworth Regional Council, PO Box 555. Tamworth NSW 2340 or emailed to trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au or online through the portal before 4pm on Friday 31 July, 2020.

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