The effective and sustainable use of land involves matching site conditions with the specific requirements and potential impacts of different land uses. Assessment of State significant projects considers the potential hazards, limitations and management requirements associated with specific land uses to make informed decisions. The following guidance is considered when assessing suitable land uses for State significant projects.
The Land and Soil Capability Scheme
The scheme uses the biophysical features of the land and soil to derive detailed rating tables for varied land and soil hazards. These support a range of sustainable land uses and management practices.
Soil and Land Survey Handbooks
The handbooks set standards for all aspects of land resource survey in Australia. Individual volumes address field procedures and terminology, guidelines for conducting surveys, soil chemical and physical measurement methods, and soil classification.
Agricultural Land Use Mapping Resources in NSW
These resources are designed to assist proponents and landholders understand what is required in NSW to identify the existence of biophysical strategic agricultural land (BSAL) for land use planning purposes. Included are the technical requirements for the on-site identification and mapping of BSAL, current datasets and terminology used to map agricultural lands and resources that support agriculture.
Interim Protocol for Site Verification and Mapping of Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land
The interim protocol outlines the process for seeking verification of whether land mapped as BSAL meets the criteria.
Acid Sulfate Soils Manual
The manual outlines best practice in assessing and managing the impacts of proposed works in areas likely to contain acid sulfate soils (ASS) and provides guidance for on-site management and disposal.