Other factors to consider
• Strategic access
• Urban form that would modify the underlying vegetation
(and changes bushfire behaviour)
• Look at decision guidelines at Clause 52.47-3 of the VPPs
Scary and unfamiliar terminology
Forms of bushfire attack
• Ember attack
• Radiant heat
• Direct flame contact
• The maps don’t give the answer
• It is not like a flood or native vegetation
• Comparing unlike things
• Subjective judgements about risk acceptance
Overcoming our fears?
• Accept the risk exists
• Present information about the bushfire hazard to
• Form a judgment on acceptable risk – what is the
• In most peri-urban areas we will be considering
development in areas of:
• lesser risk (direct development)
• some risk (carefully consider and make a risk
• Collate information regarding the site and
• Locality and site description (aerials and plans)
• Bushfire hazard information
Bushfire Management Overlay, Bushfire Prone Area mapping
Other Overlays – e.g. Environmental Significance Overlay
Victorian Fire Risk Register rating
Regional Bushfire Planning Assessment
Any other relevant information
Establish context (Cont.)
• Strategic justification
• Why has the location been selected?
• What other lesser risk locations were considered?
If none, why?
• Is there a structure plan (or similar) providing direction?
• Does that strategic plan consider bushfire matters?
• Outline of Proposal
• Conceptual plan
Qualitative judgement/risk assessment
• For sites where development needs to be carefully
considered, additional information is required:
• Landscape scale assessment
Bushfire behaviour (landscape and local scale)
Access and egress both to the site and within the site
Proximity of the site to a settlement or township area
• Proposed bushfire protection measures
• Other information that may be necessary:
More information on the proposal (vulnerability)
Comments from Integrated Fire Management Planning/
Vegetation, topography and other factors?
What are the likely bushfire risks?
Forms of bushfire attack?
Relationship with other planning objectives/
• Residual risk – is it acceptable?
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