The most effective way to strengthen community resilience to bushfire is to direct growth to settlements and locations with a lower bushfire risk.
In areas where there is a bushfire risk, it may be necessary for a planning authority to seek advice from CFA. See tips for engagement with CFA.
The Minister for Planning has published Practice Note 64 (DPCD website), which contains information on how to prepare a planning scheme amendment that addresses bushfire policy considerations.
Strategic and settlement planning - general principles
- Direct development to locations of lower bushfire risk.
- Carefully consider development in locations where there is significant bushfire risk that cannot be avoided.
- Avoid development in locations of extreme bushfire risk.
- Avoid development in areas where planned bushfire protection measures may be incompatible with other environmental objectives.
You can read more about CFA's principles for strategic planning in this presentation (PDF 2.26MB).
CFA has developed a Fire Service Guideline (PDF 220k) that provides more detailed information on CFA’s approach to Strategic Planning.
You can see examples of CFA's approach to strategic planning in these case studies:
- Alpine Amendment 2015 Case Study - pdf 377k
- Cameron Roads, Bacchus Marsh Case Study - pdf 532k
- James Hird Drive, Hastings Case Study - pdf 610k
- Pindara Estate, Langwarrin Case Study - pdf 498k
CFA's role in the consideration of bushfire risk at a strategic level
The following explains CFA’s approach to responding to planning scheme amendments, strategies and settlement planning.