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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Planning for Climate Change in South Australia

In the wake of Victoria's recent experience with unprecedented bushfires, South Australian Premier, Mike Rann, has indicated that SA will be the first Australian state to take climate change into account in statutory state planning processes. However, if one peeks at the planning codes in question (currently available in draft form), it's certainly not apparent how climate change is being taken into consideration. For example, while the draft code has the typical language requiring new housing to be constructed with floor levels at least 30 cm above the 1:100 year flood ARI (a common standard throughout Australia), but no indication about what assumptions one should make about how to entertain the possibility that the ARI may change in the years ahead.

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