Various areas within the City of Ryde are at risk of bushfire and are identified as Bushfire Prone Land under the Ryde Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014. Development of these areas must give due consideration to this potential risk.
Bushfire Prone Land Map
A bushfire prone area is an area of land that can support a bushfire or is likely to be subject to a bushfire attack. Bushfire prone areas are identified on a bushfire prone lands map.
The City of Ryde Bushfire Prone Land Map(PDF, 1MB) identifies areas that are at significant risk in the event of a bushfire.
The area designated as ‘bushfire prone’ also includes a buffer zone. The buffer zone extends beyond areas that may be directly affected by a bushfire as a safeguard against factors such as ember attack and exposure to radiant heat.
Building in a Bushfire Prone Area
All Development Applications (DAs) on bushfire prone land must be accompanied by a Bushfire Assessment Report. The assessment report determines the suitability of a proposal with regards to bushfire through consideration of the requirements contained within the Planning for Bushfire Protection document prepared by the Rural Fire Service.
There are two primary methods for the preparation of a Bushfire Assessment Report:
- Prepare the report yourself using the Rural Fire Service's application kit. This is only suitable for development involving single dwelling application that meets all of the acceptable solutions of the Rural Fire Service's Planning for Bush Fire Protection document. It should be noted that applicants who decide to prepare a report themselves take on the responsibility of providing accurate information to Council and the NSW Rural Fire Service. Submissions of inaccurate information may result in requests for additional information and a delay in the DA process.
- Engage an appropriately qualified bushfire consultant. The Fire Protection Association of Australia provides contact details for consultants with formal accreditation.
In addition to the above, certain types of development on bushfire prone land are identified as integrated development and must be referred to the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service for consideration.
These types of development are identified within Clause 100B of the Rural Fires Act 1997 and include:
- Subdivision of bushfire prone land that can be used for residential or rural residential purposes, and
- the use of bushfire prone land for the following purposes:
- a school
- a child care centre
- a hospital (including a hospital for the mentally ill or mentally disordered)
- a hotel, motel or other tourist accommodation
- a building wholly or principally used as a home or other establishment for mentally incapacitated persons
- seniors housing within the meaning of State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004
- a group home within the meaning of State Environmental Planning Policy No 9—Group Homes
- a retirement village
- any other purpose prescribed by the Rural Fires Regulation 2008.
All DAs for integrated development must include three additional copies of all documentation and incur an additional fee of $250 which must be made out to the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Bushfire Assessment Reports Requirements
The following matters should be considered when submitting a Bushfire Assessment Report to Council:
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