The State Government has announced its intention to update the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) mapping, to identify areas across Victoria considered to be exposed to extreme bushfire risk. This initiative is being undertaken in response to recommendations made in the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Across Baw Baw Shire there will be 1,344 properties added to the Overlay; while 74 properties will be removed, 2,410 to stay the same, and a total of 3,680 properties to be included in the BMO.
New developments may require a planning permit due to the changes to the BMO, as new buildings must be constructed in a manner that improves their resilience to bushfire attack.
This is a State Government initiative. The planning scheme amendment to introduce the extended application of the BMO will be processed and approved by the Minister for Planning and not by Baw Baw Shire Council. An effective date has not yet been identified for the new BMO provisions to be introduced into the planning schemes across the State; however introduction of the new provisions are anticipated to take immediate effect upon approval.
You can view maps of the proposed BMO on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website. Please note that these maps do not distinguish between the existing and the proposed BMO areas.
For more information and enquiries about the changes to the BMO, new requirements, or the the Ministerial Amendment to introduce the proposed BMO maps, go to the DELWP website. If after viewing this information you still have questions, please contact Baw Baw Shire Council's Strategic and Community Planning Team on 5624 2411.
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