Hunter councils to comply with state property flood risk plan

HUNTER councils will be required to have a uniform policy on how they record a property's potential flood, erosion and sea level risk under a plan unveiled by the state government.

Planning Minister Brad Hazzard released the draft plan last week, which is aimed at eliminating confusion around the exact risk posed to a property by coastal hazards and climate change.

The plan has caused concern in Lake Macquarie in the past, where the council's current and future flood risk notations on section 149 planning certificates led home owners to argue it had severely affected property values.

Under the new state plan, councils will be required to note either the current risk of flooding or erosion, or the future risk - not both.

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