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Building resilience brick by brick
Land use planning plays a central role in building community resilience and safety. That’s the central theme in CFA’s recently published Planning for Bushfire Victoria.
The new publication explains how to develop a permit application triggered by the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO), and responds to one of the key findings of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission – the need for planning to prioritise human life over all other policy objectives.
“History has shown just how effective bushfire protection measures are when they are cemented in planning schemes and adopted at large,” says the publication’s principal author, Fire Prevention Team Leader Mark Holland. “Each new home sited and built according to these measures makes our communities that much more resilient.”
Planning for Bushfire Victoria explains Victoria’s bushfire planning provisions in detail and describes how to apply them when completing or assessing a planning permit application in the BMO. It incorporates a set of steps designed to ensure that the siting and layout of development reduces the risk to life, property and community infrastructure from bushfire.
“While many of the provisions are technical in nature, they are also common sense and proven to work. At the end of the day, this is about providing applicants and authorities with a planning blueprint to help manage bushfire risk,” stresses Andrew Andreou, Executive Manager Community Infrastructure.
Planning for Bushfire Victoria can be viewed or downloaded here.