At its meeting on 28 April 2014 Council adopted proposed Amendments C160 and C162. This decision concludes the Whitehorse Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review 2014 and adopts the translation of residential land into the State Government’s New Residential Zones. 

Minutes from the Council meeting can be viewed here

You can download a full set of documentation for Amendment C160 and Amendment C162.

Council has requested that the Minister for Planning consider and approve Amendments C160 and C162  to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. This process allows the Minister to amend the Whitehorse Planning Scheme with exemption from notice requirements. 

Once the Minister for Planning approves the Amendments the proposed changes will become permanent in the Whitehorse Planning Scheme. 

You can enter your property address into the look-up tool featured on this website to view the Proposed New Residential Zone and Schedule for your property and to read the Neighbourhood Character Precinct Statement the property is within. 

Please also read through the background information and supporting documentation located on this website to understand how the process has led to this point. 

Council would like to thank everyone who contributed submissions and feedback during the Whitehorse Housing and Neighbourhood Review. You will be kept informed as the Minister makes his decision on the Amendments. 

If you did not make a submission but would like to be kept informed, please contact strategic planning:

9262 6303 

Prperty Lookup Tool


Use the search tool below to check how the new residential zones might affect your property.

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In the process of preparing the proposed planning controls wthin Amendments C160 and C162, Council, along with the Whitehorse community, have developed three background documents. These three documents look at different apects of residential development in order to address issues of capacity, proposed locations for higher density housing, neighbourhood character and urban design.



In the ten years since the Council prepared the current Housing Study, much has changed. Melbourne is now anticipated to grow to a population of around 5.5 million by 2031, with Whitehorse’s population also anticipated to grow.

Council will also require additional housing to meet the needs of a more diverse range of households which, on average, are smaller than the households of previous generations. 


Neighbourhood Character

Council is reviewing the 2003 Whitehorse Neighbourhood Character Study to make it more effective in the light of lessons learned over the last 10 years.

The final adopted version of the Whitehorse Neighbourhood Character Study can be viewed via the link below. It has been prepared to provide guidance on the nature of residential development throughout the municipality.


Neighbourhood Activity Centres

The Neighbourhood Activity Centre Urban Design Guidelines gives an assessment of 60 Neighbourhood Activity Centres (smaller shopping centres) throughout Whitehorse.   

The final adopted version of the Whitehorse Activity Centre Urban Design Guidelines can be viewed by clicking the link below.