Research | AIDR: Urban Planning Capabilities for Wildfire

By: Francisca Yunis Richter, based on the publication “Urban planning capabilities for bushfire: treatment categories and scenario testing”, research developed by Alan March et al, for the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), published on July 2020.

The study outlines a methodology for how urban design may lower wildfire risks while taking future growth into account when combined with adequate strategic planning and scenario testing. Here you can access the full publication:

Published on August 30, 2022

“The challenges facing human settlements relating to bushfire require integrated approaches that manage risks across a wide range of factors. Wildfire frequency, intensity, location and other characteristics influence human activities and the multiple ways the land is occupied” (March et al, 2020).

Urban planning is fundamentally a decision-making process that seeks to identify suitable futures for land use and development. However, even if a number of complicated circumstances could undermine the capacity of planning to be effective, Australian urban planning should have an impact on many aspects related to wildfire hazards. Politics, legacy concerns, property interests, and inadequate enforcement are some of these elements (March et al, 2020).

Source: March et al (2020), adapted from Crichton (1999), Combination of exposure, vulnerability and hazard for wildfire risk.


March, A., Riddell, G., Nogueira de Moraes, L., Stanley, J., Van Delden, H., Beilin, R., Dovers, S. and Maier, H., (2020). Urban planning capabilities for bushfire: treatment categories and scenario testing | Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub. (online) Available at: (Accessed 11 October 2022).

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