The Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas have been updated.
The changes are outlined in the summary table at the front of the guidelines and include:
• ‘Minor development’ (as defined in State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas) in an area of BAL-40 or BAL-FZ is no longer a performance principle solution and does not require referral to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
• The minimum 20 metre requirement for an asset protection zone (APZ) has been removed with an APZ now needing to achieve BAL-29 or less
• The prescribed standards for vegetation within the APZ have been altered
• Acceptable solution A2.2 Hazard Separation Zone (HSZ) has been removed.
Bushfire Prone Planning Staff are available to assist with your questions regarding the application of the Updated Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas. We also welcome general enquiries regarding a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment for your next big project or an in depth Bushfire Management Plan (BMP) for a land development application. Our knowledgeable staff can be contacted on (6477 1144) or through the “Contact Us” section of our Website.