Penrith City Centre is located adjacent to the Nepean River and is impacted by flooding up to and beyond the 1 in 100 chance per year flood. Penrith City Council has carefully managed the flood risks up to the 1 in 100 chance per year flood, but the challenges of more severe and extreme events require greater collaboration. The department has worked closely with Penrith City Council, Infrastructure NSW, Roads and Maritime Services and NSW State Emergency Service to create an Adaptive Management Framework to manage the flood risk within the Penrith City Centre.
This Framework will help guide future planning decisions to ensure development is within the capacity of the regional evacuation routes. This is consistent with the NSW Government's policies to create a resilient Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.
The NSW Government has prepared a Guideline to ensure future development does not impact on the safe evacuation of the community from the area in the event of a flood.
An amendment to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 requires compliance with the Guideline when a development application is being assessed.
Page last updated: 29/11/2022