A farm plan is a document assessing site-specific aspects of a property and outlining best management practices (BMPs) identified as necessary to avoid potential negative environmental impacts. The plan contains an assessment of the site and outlines a series of actions developed to meet a farmer’s goals while protecting water quality and natural resources.
No matter which option you choose, what you require will vary depending upon the location, size and scale of your proposed development and the likely impact or change to the surrounding land.
Within certain zones, the details required to demonstrate sound management may be difficult and will determine whether you need to prepare a partial or a complete farm plan to support your application.
There are checklists to ensure your plan will be detailed for planning applications. Meeting with your council early will help you identify key documentation.
Your whole farm plan (WFP) should include a continuous improvement process of plan, do, check and review.
There are four (4) key ways to prepare a farm plan; the key ways are as follows:
IDENTIFY THE EXISTING CONDITIONS
The Farm Plan should begin with the identification of existing conditions, including:
- Natural features e.g. watercourses, vegetation
- Built features e.g. fences, buildings, dams, location of services, access roads
- Soil type(s) and conditions (including erosion)
- Uses of different areas of land.
IDENTIFY FUTURE CONDITIONS
A farm plan should also identify proposed future conditions and the potential impact this may have both on and offsite and may include:
- Intended use of specific areas of land
- Description and location of proposed buildings and other improvements e.g. sheds, dams, fences
- Description of intended farming practices.
THE CORE COMPONENT OF A WHOLE FARM PLAN
The set of core minimum requirements for the content of your farm plan are also closely aligned with the national whole farm planning training competency – RTE5516A ‘Develop a Whole Farm Plan’. These components take into account landholder and catchment needs.
- Whole farm plan process
- Client focus and integrated services
- Biodiversity and native vegetation
- Risk management
MORE FARM PLAN HELP
- Farm plan preparation options, services & courses
- Farm plan checklist
- RTE5516A ‘Develop a Whole Farm Plan’
- Property management systems