A property plan is a valuable resource for large scale working farms, small scale hobby farms and lifestyle properties and provides a strategic advantage for future planning. A property plan allows the landowner or farmer to define their lifestyle goals, expressed through the implementation of good land management practices supported by economic viability, sustained environmental outcomes, underpinned by an ecological aesthetic.
The preparation of a property plan involves assessing all natural and built resources. This allows the landowner to identify and manage problem areas, protect and improve the health of their land, water and stock while at the same time restoring ecological balance and vitality to the environment. Property planning allows for a holistic understanding of one’s property from which to make value based decisions within an aesthetic context.
The major steps include: Property Assessment – natural resources, physical features, landscape values, management and production issues; Lifestyle Goals – short and long term; Property Plan – using the existing property assessments as a base plan, a design overlay is developed to create a realistic ‘best practice’ plan that incorporates desired management strategies, environmental and lifestyle goals; Action Plan – working towards short and long term goals, an Action Plan is a flexible works program that defines the staged works for individual projects.