Council’s bushfire planning receives state government approval

Published on 24 January 2018

Ku-ring-gai’s planning for areas of high bushfire evacuation risk has received the tick of approval from the NSW Department of Planning & Environment.

Thirteen areas considered to be of high bushfire evacuation risk are now covered by planning controls in the Ku-ring-gai Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2015, including large areas of North and South Turramurra, Killara, Wahroonga and St Ives.

The areas were identified during preparation of the Council’s 2015 LEP, but were deferred from being included in the plan because of their risk profile and the need for further consultation with residents and other stakeholders such as the RFS and NSW Police.

Ku-ring-gai Council adopted the plan in May 2017 and it was approved by the NSW Department of Planning last week.

Under the approved plan, development in the thirteen areas will be managed through updated zoning, permitted land uses and development standards.

Aged care homes and childcare centres will be prohibited from being built in these high risk areas as they would increase the evacuation risks in the event of major bushfires.

Mayor Jenifer Anderson welcomed the government’s approval of the plan, saying that they would give ‘certainty for residents and improve safety in the areas concerned.’

“We have been talking to residents and local emergency services for several years about the need to recognise the high bushfire evacuation risks within these areas and their input has played a very valuable part in shaping the plan,” the Mayor said.

The plan will officially come into effect on 2 February. Click here for more information.

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