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This subject sets out the key mechanisms by which land use planning can reduce the risks associated with human settlements located in bushfire prone areas. It begins with an overview of bushfire as a natural hazard that occurs in particular landscapes, and the ways that human settlements interact with these to result in spatial and locally particular risk outcomes.
The ways that urban planning mechanisms can influence risk levels in bushfire prone areas are explored. First principles of planning intervention techniques are set out, followed by a detailed explanation of relevant elements of Victorian planning processes. Current regulatory approaches suitable for the treatment of bushfire risk in Victoria are a core learning outcome for the subject, in parallel with developing understandings of the inter-relations between building, planning, response and land management agencies related to bushfire risk reduction.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this course will:
- Understand basic concepts of interaction between bushfire prone landscapes and urban areas;
- Understand fundamental principles of planning approaches to reduction of bushfire risk;
- Be able to use the relevant components of the Victorian planning system to reduce bushfire risk, understanding the relationship with relevant extant building regulations;
- Understand the relationships between bushfire risk treatments and approaches, and other goals such as ecological and heritage values; and,
- Be able to prepare a bushfire risk statement and undertake a bushfire attack level (BAL) assessment as appropriate.
Last updated: 3 November 2022