The Land Development Team at 360 Environmental provides environmental management support to our clients to assist in obtaining and managing the environmental approvals required to progress, develop and implement their projects. Since 2004, our experienced team has provided strategic advice through to site specific evaluation on key residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural developments across Australia, particularly within Western Australia.
Our multi-disciplined team provides environmental support to a diverse array of clients including Government Agencies through to independent developers and landowners. These services include:
- Strategic planning and design
- Pre-purchase due diligence
- Opportunities and constraints assessments
- Environmental impact assessments
- Ecological surveys (flora, vegetation and fauna habitat surveys and fauna relocation)
- Water modelling and assessments including Water Sensitive Urban Design
- Part IV (s38 an s48) approval processes under the Environmental Protection Act 1986
- Part V (Native Vegetation Clearing Permits and Works Approvals/Operational licences) approval processes under the Environmental Protection Act 1986
- Referral and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- Management plans in response to Scheme Amendments, Development Applications and subdivision conditions issued under the Planning and Development Act 2005
- Bushfire assessments and management plans
Our ability to develop and tailor a specific strategy around the approvals process and requirements for your project can save time and cost during the planning and implementation of the development. This may result in maximising lot yields, protecting the environment and developing liveable spaces that are sympathetic, or enhanced natural elements within and/or adjacent to a development site.
Wetland Reclassification and Buffer Verification Assessments
Wetlands are a natural (and in some cases artificially created) features on many landholdings particularly on the Swan Coastal Plain region of Western Australia. Wetlands across this region were originally mapped in the mid-1990s to identify and classify wetlands into three broad categories:
- Conservation Category Wetlands (CCW)
- Resource Enhancement Wetland (REW)
- Multiple Use Wetlands (MUW)
The Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) manages the geomorphic wetland database for the region. There are known to be inaccuracies in wetland boundary mapping and classification for a number of reasons, predominantly related to environmental degradation processes (i.e. uncontrolled access, clearing and agricultural activities).
Our Land Development Team understands Government policy and guideline requirements and have completed many reclassification assessments in accordance with DBCA 2017 ‘A methodology for the evaluation of specific wetland types on the Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia. We also provide strategic advice to our clients on the reclassification process and the implications of the assessment on land proposed to be developed.
DBCA and Environmental Protection Authority policy recommends generic buffers to significant wetlands (mainly CCW and REW). However, site specific investigations can be used to determine an appropriate buffer to a mapped wetland boundary to protect its ecological and hydrological function while maximising lot yield.
360 Environmental has extensive experience in advising clients of buffer requirements at a strategic District/Local Structure Plan level through to site specific development application/subdivision level.
We would be pleased to provide further information, contact us on 08 9388 8360.