Acceptable Solutions and Performance Criteria
One of the pathways in achieving compliance with Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 is to meet the acceptable solutions. Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 identifies the acceptable solutions for each of the bush fire protection measures which will satisfy the performance criteria. An acceptable solution is a method, material or system which has been proven to meet a particular performance through testing, inspection, calculation or other method. An example would be applying construction standards in accordance with Australian Standard AS3959 – Construction in bush fire-prone areas. Development applications of this type should include a bush fire assessment report that meets the submission requirements for the development type outlined above.
Any variation from the acceptable solutions will require detailed justification to demonstrate how the performance criteria can be met through another method(s). The acceptable solutions for each bush fire protection measure can be found in the Tables in Chapter 4 - Performance Based Controls available in our Publications area.
The other option available in achieving compliance with Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 is to demonstrate that the performance criteria have been satisfied. Performance criteria are the outcomes to be met for each bush fire protection measure.
Performance criteria allows applicants, consent authorities and the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) to be flexible and innovative in responding development opportunities and constraints. In order to reach an acceptable siting and design solution, the criteria have been developed taking into account the range of circumstances across the State and recognising that no two sites or proposals are the same.
They also allow applicants, councils and the NSW RFS to consider a broad range of issues and information, including community expectations, environmental protection and the application of new technologies.
The performance criteria for each bush fire protection measure can be found in the Tables in Chapter 4 - Performance Based Controls available in our Publications area.
Proposing Alternative Solutions
Submissions proposing variations to acceptable solutions must provide substantiated evidence that the specific objectives and performance criteria can be met.
Where an applicant proposes not to follow the acceptable solutions for particular bush fire protection measures, detailed evidence must be provided demonstrating compliance with performance criteria and intent of the measures proposed. Development applications of this type will require the submission of additional information to that identified in the submission requirements for 100B and 79BA developments.
Development Control Practice Note 1/07 – Submission Requirements for Alternative Solutions outlines the information required for application that deviates from the acceptable solutions specified in Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006.