When considering a development application, the type, location and ongoing maintenance of landscaping, within the Asset Protection Zone is a necessary bush fire protection measure.
The planning system can be used to better effect in protecting human life, property and environmental values from the impacts of bush fire events. In some cases this will involve land use planning and development controls, construction standards, APZs and subdivision layout, siting, design and provision of services..
However, the best planning can be undone by poor maintenance and lack of forethought when landscaping a development. Therefore house survival ultimately depends on the householder.
The principles of landscaping for bush fire protection aim to:
Prevent flame impingement on the dwelling;
Provide a defendable space for property protection;