The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is developing a new Land Use Planning for Natural Hazards Handbook. This resource will provide guidance on national principles and practices for land use planning in a disaster resilience context.
The new handbook will be developed out of a review of Manual 7: Planning Safer Communities: Land Use Planning for Natural Hazards (2002; part of the Manual Series). The 2002 manual demonstrates how integrated land use planning can be used to reduce the impact of natural hazards and, where possible, avoid risk to life, property and environmental systems from natural hazards. The focus is on risk reduction at the interface between communities and the natural environment, and integrating risk reduction into the land use planning process. The new Handbook will review and seek to address changes to land use planning and the broader issues that have emerged since the publication of the Manual in 2002.
The new handbook will draw on and complement current and ongoing activity in land use planning and build on the capability and knowledge of organisations and individuals across the disaster resilience sector in Australia and internationally.
The Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) publication: National Land Use Planning Guidelines for Disaster Resilient Communities (2016) purported to update Manual 7 and will be considered in the review of the Manual.
A multidisciplinary expert reference group has been convened to inform the development of the Handbook. Lew Short, from Black Ash Consulting, has been engaged as content writer.
For more information, email Amanda Lamont, AIDR Director Engagement and Projects.