CLIMATE-change-related development restrictions would have impacted on a property owned by the parents of a state MP who successfully campaigned to block the measures.
LNP Member for Pumicestone Lisa France lobbied Planning Minister Jeff Seeney before he ordered Moreton Bay Regional Council to remove references to a theoretical 0.8m sea-level rise by 2100 from its draft planning scheme.
Mr Seeney’s move following a backlash from homeowners who feared that their property values would plummet.
Ms France earlier claimed that none of her immediate or extended family owned any property that would have been affected under the controversial proposal to limit building or redevelopment of properties deemed at medium to high risk of flooding.
But planning documents seen by The Sunday Mail reveal that a 1000sq m vacant lot owned by Ms France’s father, Barry France, at Bongaree on Bribie Island – part of the Moreton Bay Regional Council area – would have been included as a “medium flood hazard area” under the draft plan.
That would mean it could face planning restrictions or conditions, depending on what kind of development application was lodged.
Ms France said neither she nor her parents knew their land would have been impacted.
“They also have no plans to do anything on that vacant block of land … it’s been sitting vacant for years,” she said.
“I’ve never, ever had a discussion with my parents about any impacts on their property, they’ve never made a submission to me.”
Mr Seeney’s order did not apply to Moreton Bay’s neighbouring councils, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast, which have incorporated the same 0.8m sea-level rise into their planning schemes, although not with the same hardline approach to development restrictions.
With a rift developing in LNP ranks as some MPs fear the party being portrayed as climate change deniers in the lead-up to next year’s state election, an urgent compromise is being sought.
A spokeswoman for Mr Seeney said meetings would be held early next week between council and State Government planning officers to work on ways to include the sea-level rise in the planning scheme without impacting on individual’s property rights.
She said while there had been talks, there was a renewed focus to find a resolution.
Moreton Bay councillors, who have received legal advice that the council could face legal liability if it did not include the potential sea-level risk in its plan, unanimously passed a motion of “no confidence” in Ms France and condemned her for spreading “incorrect or misleading information’’.