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Precincts – a new approach

The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces has recently announced a new approach to precinct planning in NSW. The State Government has decided Ingleside will remain a state led rezoning precinct.

 

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will work closely with Northern Beaches Council in finalising planning for the area, taking into account the extreme bushfire risk.

 

Safety is the number one priority when planning for our communities

We listened to the concerns raised about bushfire safety for Ingleside, and after preparing a Bushfire Risk Assessment and working with the Northern Beaches Council and Rural Fire Service NSW, a decision was reached to withdraw the proposed draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy for the area.

 

The draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy was released in December 2016 for community consultation in conjunction with the Northern Beaches Council. Following consultation, we further investigated the safety of the plan by engaging an independent consultant to produce a Bushfire Risk Assessment. The conclusion of the Assessment was that the proposed plan may have exposed new residents to unacceptable bushfire risks.

 

As confirmed by recent bushfire emergencies in NSW, the safety of life and assets needs to be put at the heart of our planning processes, and we are looking at ways to improve bushfire resilience for current residents.

 

The Department continues to work on the bushfire evacuation modelling to determine whether any further development could safely exist in the area. 

 

The results of the bushfire evacuation modelling are expected to be released in the first quarter of 2020.

 

Consultation and feedback

The draft Land Use and Infrastructure Strategy was available for consultation from December 2016 until 28 February 2017. Thank you to everyone who put in a submission and attended our community drop in sessions.

 

A brief overview of the key issues raised in submissions and our responses to them can be viewed below. View all the submissions received.

 

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Next steps

In response to bushfire related submissions and Detailed evacuation modelling is currently being undertaken which will help to inform future planning for the area. The evacuation study will determine whether any further development could safely exist in the area.

 

The results of the bushfire evacuation modelling are expected to be released in the first quarter of 2020.

 

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