Significant changes have been made in Version 1.4 of the Bushfire Guidelines (Western Australia)
The Western Australian Planning Commission has published Version 1.4 of the Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas.
The changes are effective immediately and planning proposals and applications where State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas applies should be assessed against the updated criteria. However, decision-makers can continue to accept BMPs that are prepared in accordance with Version 1.3 of the Guidelines for three months from the release date of the new guidelines, until 13 March 2022.
The updated guidelines are part of the State Government’s ongoing Bushfire Framework Review. The recommendations set out in the final report by the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (also known as the Bushfires Royal Commission) are being considered for inclusion in further iterations of State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas and associated Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas (the Guidelines).
From 13 December 2021, the requirements of version 1.4 of the guidelines will apply, however decision-makers can continue to accept bushfire management plans that align with Version 1.3 of the guidelines for three months from the release date of the new guidelines, until 13 March 2022.
(Data Sourced from the WA.gov.au Website)