Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas

On Monday 7th December 2015, the Western Australian Government gazetted a new planning policy for bushfire prone areas in WA.

State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas was released to supersede the previous SPP 3.4 Natural Hazards and Disasters.

The new SPP plans to provide greater consistency and application in risk-based land use planning and development within areas prone to bushfire.

The new policy can be downloaded from here.

Along with the new policy are new Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas, which now supersedes Planning for Bushfire Protection (WAPC, 2010). These guidelines are aimed to assist in determine land use practices at all levels of planning. This includes higher order strategic planning levels, as well as subdivisions and development applications. The guidelines also specify the requirements to be met at each stage of the planning process and includes which elements for bushfire protection need to be incorporated into the development or strategic use plan.

A copy of the new Guideline can be downloaded from here and the appendices which outline the approach are found here.

Bushfire regulations and land use planning needed clarification and a means to try to make things as consistent as possible. There are some good elements within it, but I’ve already found a few contradictions, which is understandable in new policies of this magnitude.

There’s a briefing session with the Department of Planning the coming week and I’ll be seeking clarification on these consistencies and I’ll report back in another post on how it all looks.

In the mean time, I have a bit of reading to catch up with!!!

If you need any information on this or bushfire issues in general, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.



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