Following the January 2011 flood, a Joint Flood Taskforce was formed. The Taskforce helped Brisbane City Council understand the event and any impact new information may have on flooding standards for planning and development in Brisbane.
The Taskforce recommended Council adopt an interim flood standard equal to the January 2011 flood level in most areas, except where the existing standard is higher. The Interim Residential Flood Level will be applied to new residential developments and will guide the location of essential services in new residential and commercial buildings in flood affected areas.
Council expects the new flooding standards to be endorsed by the Queensland Government and come into effect in May 2011. The interim standards will remain in place until further information is received that requires the level to be reviewed.