CLIMATE CHANGE BALLINAEdge conducted a review of the Ballina Shire Council (BSC) planning process with respect to suitability for future climate change impacts; particularly increased inundation and sea level rise. Edge consulted with council and the local development community to derive an adaptive response to planning and a review of the current ‘fill’ policy. An assessment was undertaken of the BSC planning regime with respect to climate change adaptation and ability for BSC to perform to the goals of the Ballina Shire Regional Centre Strategy.

The analysis opens the debate about effective adaptation policies, challenged misconceptions about costs associated with different residential building methods and identified the unintended consequences of different policy responses.