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 existing Residential 1 Zone land into the State Government’s new residential zones. 

Amendment C160 implements the new residential zones and schedules while Amendment C162 introduces a new Design and Development Overlay 4 over selected Neighbourhood Activity Centres. 

On 14 October 2014 the new residential zones came into effect in the City of Whitehorse, with the gazettal of Amendment C160 to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme.

The Minister for Planning approved Council’s proposed residential zones (Amendment C160) with the following changes:

  • The Neighbourhood Residential Zone is introduced as a neutral conversion. Schedule 7 to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone is introduced without any variations.
  • The mandatory heights proposed in Schedules 1 and 2 to the Residential Growth Zone have been removed.
  • A transitional provision has been included in Schedule 2 to the General Residential Zone.
  • Schedule 5 to the General Residential Zone has been applied to the Healesville Freeway Reservation allowing the proposal to be considered through the current structure plan process by VicRoads.
  • Minor formatting changes have been made to improve consistency.

Due to concerns with the schedules to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone as proposed by Council, the Minister has requested that the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee consider the schedules to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone, including the ResCode variations. Council is awaiting the release of the Committee's report. 

More information about the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee can be found at DTPLI’s website at

To read more about this process and view the draft documents for the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee, please visit Council's website at 

You can enter your property address into the look-up tool featured on this website to view the 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

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 within 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.