The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have notified the public of their intention to update the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) maps. They are currently performing a consultation process with local councils to discuss the mapping and relevant schedules to the Planning Scheme. It is expected that, once this is completed, the new maps will be made live and the BMO will apply in those areas from that date onwards.
It is unclear exactly what areas in the BMO mapping will change, although it is expected that some developed areas may be removed, while other areas (such as those around plantations) will be added into the BMO. The introduction of schedules in local areas may also alter how the BMO applies to some properties.
Detailed information on these schedules is not currently available, but the schedules typically streamline the BMO assessment process by applying standard conditions to properties.
We will provide updates on this as further information becomes available. You can view the DELWP website for more information.