Two new bushfire position statements have been released.

Two new bushfire position statements have been released.
Wednesday 6 November 2019

The Western Australian Planning Commission has released two new bushfire position statements.

Position Statement: Tourism Land Uses in Bushfire Prone Areas

The Western Australian Planning Commission has released a position statement to guide local governments in planning for tourism land uses within bushfire prone areas.

Position Statement: Tourism Land Uses in Bushfire Prone Areas introduces a range of measures to ensure bushfire risk is considered appropriately and cognisant of the land use.

These measures include:

  • identifying the bushfire risks and mitigation measures for proposed tourism land use development within BAL-40 or BAL-FZ and/or where access is limited, such as early evacuation, closure on elevated fire risk days and/or provision of on-site bushfire shelters, which could include an open space area (e.g. the beach where no buildings are proposed)
     
  • considering the broader landscape bushfire risk such as the vegetation type and extent surrounding a site
     
  • developing an emergency evacuation plan that clearly identifies mitigation measures and roles and responsibilities in the event of a bushfire
     
  • identifying construction requirements for buildings to be used as an on-site bushfire shelter.


The Position Statement is effective immediately in the determination of planning applications until a revised policy as part of Stage 3 of the Bushfire Framework Review 2019 is gazetted.

A Guide to Developing a Bushfire Emergency Evacuation Plan and a Bushfire Emergency Evacuation Plan Template Plan have also been prepared to assist local governments and consultants with the preparation of Emergency Evacuation plans. 

For more information, visit https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/tourism-bushfire-areas 

 

Position Statement: Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas – Demonstrating Element 1: Location and Element 2: Siting and Design

The Western Australian Planning Commission has released a position statement to guide decision-makers for subdivisions and planning proposals that contain lots with high bushfire attack level (BAL) ratings. 

Position Statement: Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas – Demonstrating Element 1: Location and Element 2: Siting and Design provides clarification and further interpretation of Elements 1 and 2 to assist decision-makers in the consideration of subdivisions and strategic planning proposals where BAL-40 or BAL-FZ remains on the proposed lot(s).

Key measures include:

  • Element 1 – consideration should be given to the wider context of a proposal or application (i.e. the land within and adjoining both the development site and the overall subject site)
     
  • Element 2 – where Element 1 is satisfied and where a habitable building can be located within an area of BAL-29 or below, a decision-maker can consider lot(s) containing BAL-40 or BAL-FZ in some circumstances.


The Position Statement is effective immediately in the determination of planning applications until a revised policy as part of Stage 3 of the Bushfire Framework Review 2019 is gazetted.

For more information, visit https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/planning-in-bushfire-prone-areas

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