The Biodiversity Offset Scheme likely applies to your development application. Any clearing of native vegetation within the Biodiversity Values Map will be subject to the Biodiversity Offset Scheme.
Any prescribed action taken on the Biodiversity Values Map will be subject to the Biodiversity Offset Scheme. Prescribed impacts include (cl. 6.1 of the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017):
(a) the impacts of development on the following habitat of threatened species or ecological communities:
(i) karst, caves, crevices, cliffs and other geological features of significance,
(iii) human made structures,
(iv) non-native vegetation,
(b) the impacts of development on the connectivity of different areas of habitat of threatened species that facilitates the movement of those species across their range,
(c) the impacts of development on movement of threatened species that maintains their lifecycle,
(d) the impacts of development on water quality, water bodies and hydrological processes that sustain threatened species and threatened ecological communities (including from subsidence or upsidence resulting from underground mining or other development),
(e) the impacts of wind turbine strikes on protected animals,
(f) the impacts of vehicle strikes on threatened species of animals or on animals that are part of a threatened ecological community.
If in doubt, it is recommended that you seek advice from an accredited assessor or your local Council.
Visit the Biodiversity Offset Scheme page to access the Biodiversity Offset Entry Threshold tool) and use BOSET User Manual to digitise your development’s footprint and get advice on whether it occurs on the Biodiversity Values Map.
Any part of your development includes buildings, landscaping, access roads, bushfire asset protection zones, fencing and any associated infrastructure whether temporary or permanent.
What is a Bushfire Asset Protection Zone?
Development on bush fire prone land will normally require the implementation of a set-back distance which is referred to as an asset protection zone. An asset protection zone (APZ) aims to protect human life, property and highly valued assets. It is a buffer zone between a bush fire hazard and buildings, which is managed progressively to minimise fuel loads and reduce the potential radiant heat levels. For more detailed information go to http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/building-in-a-bush-fire-area/....