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.
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 safety of life and assets is at the heart of our planning processes, we are looking at ways to improve bushfire resilience for current residents.
We are now carrying out a detailed bushfire evacuation model. This model, along with community consultation will help to inform whether any further development could safely exist in the area.
The findings of this work are expected to be released in 2019.