Institute seeks changes to stormwater discharging for state-controlled roads

The Institute continues to engage closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) and recently made a proactive submission on changes to stormwater discharging related to state-controlled roads. This submission forms part of the Institute’s ongoing working group purposely established to provide the department direct feedback from our members.

Our response raised some limitations to the State’s approach to managing stormwater discharge where they may impact upon state-controlled road networks. Two key points are:

  • “actionable nuisance” and “no worsening” presenting some conflicting requirements
  • achieving consistency with other guides on stormwater discharge.

Performance Outcome 12 of the State Development Assessment Provisions: State Code 1: Development in a state-controlled road environment is currently written as:

“Development does not result in an actionable nuisance, or worsening of, stormwater, flooding or drainage impacts in a state-controlled road”

Several members, including engineering professionals contributed to this piece recommending a change to “actional nuisance” and “no worsening” is approached.

We have recommended that DTMR work with the property industry, alongside other relevant State agencies on more pragmatic solutions to managing stormwater discharge.

The Institute appreciates the department’s openness and cooperation around working through issues with members.

If you’re interested in contributing or have questions in relation to the Institute’s submission, please contact Policy Executive, Robert Tily on (07) 3229 1589.