The following Media Release was issued recently, 28 May 2014.
For those with properties affected by the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO), the Planning Minister announced significant reforms to the BMO. These reforms, once implemented, should make it easier to develop land within a BMO than the current interpretation of the overlay allows.
Whilst these reforms are not yet introduced into the planning scheme, it is expected they will be formally introduced within a few weeks.
For further information, an update on when these reforms will be introduced, or any questions on building in the Yarra Ranges please contact the Yarra Ranges Council on 1300 368 333.
See here for the media release: Media Release: BMO Reforms