Land use planning and development practices that can be adapted to reflect rapid social, economic, environmental climate and cultural change are crucial contributions to building disaster resilience in Australian communities.
The Land Use Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities Handbook fulfils a critical role in national resilience under the policy framework established by the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (COAG 2011).
The handbook outlines nationally agreed principles for good practice in land use planning to build disaster resilient communities. The handbook was developed from a review of Manual 7: Planning Safer Communities: Land Use Planning for Natural Hazards (EMA 2002). It also considers the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) National Land Use Planning Guidelines for Disaster Resilient Communities (2015) along with the range of other AIDR handbooks and supporting documents
The Handbook reflects increasing national and international focus on the role land use planning plays in reducing disaster risk and building disaster resilient communities, as considered in the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (Australian Government 2018) and Profiling Australia’s Vulnerability (Australian Government 2018). It focuses on how land use planning for new developments can be undertaken to effectively consider and manage natural hazards and associated risks; and provides guidance to a range of stakeholders, including land use planners, built environment professionals and developers – to build awareness of and capability in engaging with natural hazard and emergency managers and to integrate natural hazard risk assessment into the planning process.
The handbook presents land use planning as an important measure for preventing and mitigating future vulnerabilities and losses in areas of new development and a critical element for building disaster resilient communities. It presents a set of nationally agreed principles for good practice and a procedural framework for land use planning that facilitates disaster resilient communities, based on the process of risk management and land use planning. It also highlights directions forward to enhance the capacity of land use planning to promote disaster resilient communities.