There are a number of existing minor issues with the current bushfire planning controls, including administrative oversight that occurred with the introduction of Amendment VC109 in July 2014. For example, the definition of defendable space in the planning scheme still maintains a reference to inner and outer zone, despite the fact that the concept of an inner and outer zone was removed under Amendment VC109. This is leading to ambiguity with current planning controls and increased errors and delays.
Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) provisions within the Victoria Planning Provisions should be amended to ensure they are up-to-date and accurate. This will provide greater consumer certainty and benefits for local government, planning permit applicants, building representatives and the CFA.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP), the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and some local councils have identified several minor clerical administrative wording anomalies within the bushfire planning controls that could be improved. DELWP is currently working on making these minor clerical changes into the planning scheme by the end of 2016.