You can find more information in the Victoria Planning Provisions below:
Strategic planning for bushfire
Strategic planning for bushfire involves a process of identifying, assessing and responding to the bushfire hazard and risk when planning for future land use, development and settlement growth.
It helps build more resilient and safer communities. The overarching aim is to prioritise the protection of human life.
Why is strategic planning for bushfire important?
Strategic planning for bushfire is important as it can establish clear expectations around where to direct future land use and development and what planning policy responses are appropriate to address and minimise bushfire risks.
This big picture approach can achieve significant mitigation, fire prevention and environmental benefits upfront including:
- avoiding bushfire risk in the first instance. If a proposal is in a high-risk location, bushfire protection measures may not be enough to mitigate or reduce the risk
- addressing bushfire risk at the settlement rather than site scale
- deciding appropriate areas for urban growth, including considering alternate locations for development
- identifying when planned bushfire protection measures may be incompatible with other environmental objectives
- designing settlements that minimise risk to people and build better resilience within the community.
What planning controls apply?
Clause 71.02-3 integrated decision making and clause 13.02-1S bushfire planning are the key planning controls that apply in Victorian planning schemes.
Landscape scale factors drive bushfire behaviour. The landscape assessment does not predict the outcome of a bushfire event. It provides information that builds a better understanding of the bushfire risk at a given location and helps inform decision makers.
A landscape assessment directs where new development or settlement growth should occur and helps determine the suitability of a location for development.
It can also show the positive attributes of the site and its surrounds, and support proposals in areas suitable for development.
Refer to the technical guide for further information:
This includes information on how to prepare a landscape assessment, assess the bushfire risk in the landscape, and how to use this information to assess the viability of planning proposals. Whilst this document has a heavy development focus, it is also a good guide for preparing landscape assessments for strategic planning applications.
The following resources are available to assist planning authorities.
The purpose of this direction is to ensure a comprehensive strategic evaluation of a planning scheme amendment and the outcomes it produces.
Regional growth plans
Regional growth plans provide broad direction for land use and development across eight regions.