These guides have been developed to promote understanding and guide you through some of the more complex elements of developing land.

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Flora and fauna assessment
Vegetation management plans
Best local native plants for use in bushfire prone locations
Preparing a heritage report
Waste management strategies for development

Ecological (flora and fauna) assessment guidelines

A report checklist to ensure that biodiversity impacts are adequately considered according to the latest flora and fauna survey and assessment methods and standards. A ecological assessment will be required if the development proposal has the potential to impact native vegetation, rare or threatened flora and fauna or their habitat. The guide lists the essential components to be included in an ecological assessment submitted with a development application.

Assessments must be undertaken by persons with appropriate qualifications and experience in the survey and assessment of flora and fauna.

Vegetation management plans

A Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) is a map based report used to assist the property owner or occupier in managing the development site. It helps protect existing bushland elements on their land from excessive disturbance. A VMP is generally required on sites where there are number of environmental constraints or high level ecological values. It should contain a concise written report (Part 1) and a map or plan drawing (Part 2) of the study area. The Vegetation Management Plan Guide will assist in preparing a detailed VMP.

Best local native plants for use in bushfire prone locations

All vegetative material can burn in a bush fire, but some species are less flammable than others. The guide provides advice on best local natives to use in bushfire prone areas.

Preparing a heritage report

The Blue Mountains has many places of heritage significance. It is important to protect and conserve these places as it helps define what is distinctive about the local area and its people. It contributes to community identity. The Heritage Development Guide provides advice on managing the issues involved in developing sites and/or within precincts recognised as having heritage significance. Download below.

Resources for heritage owners

The NSW Heritage Office website contains comprehensive information on heritage topics including:

  • the benefits of heritage listing for owners
  • technical advice for maintenance
  • lists of heritage consultants and tradespeople.

Researching a heritage item

The NSW Heritage Office holds the State Heritage Inventory. You can search by suburb or local government area to find information on a particular heritage item and its significance.

The Local Studies section in Springwood Library is another source of historic information on the Blue Mountains.

Waste management strategies for development

The building and construction industry generates a massive amount of waste in Australia. This is particularly challenging to the Blue Mountains local government area. This guide will help you avoid waste, save money on waste disposal fees and recover potential resources from your waste.