PROPOSED NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES
The Whitehorse Housing and Neighbourhood Review has reached a stage where Council is considering the application of the new suite of residential zones the Victorian Government wants introduced by June 30 2014.
The application of the new zones is designed to strike a balance between enhancing and protecting valued neighbourhood character and suburban landscapes with promoting areas for new development that will accommodate Whitehorse's future population.
Council has proposed Draft Planning Scheme Amendment C160. Of particular interest is how the Whitehorse Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review is proposed to be translated into the new residential zones.
Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) - areas of Limited Change
General Residential Zone (GRZ) - areas of Natural Change
Residential Growth Zone (RGZ) - areas of Substantial Change
A number of schedules accompany each zone to provide more certainty around the type of development appropriate for each area. For example a schedule can determine building height, setbacks, fence style and more.
For more inforation download the Phase 3 Consultation Brochure.pdf
HOW CAN I PROVIDE MY FEEDBACK ON THE PROPOSED NEW PLANNING CONTROLS?
The best way to provide feedback is via the online form that can be accessed via the property look-up tool or you can download the form and return it REPLY PAID to Council.
The consultation period is from 14 February 2014 to 14 March 2014. To enable Council to meet the State Government's deadline, submissions received after this date will not be considered.
PROPERTY LOOKUP TOOL
Use the search tool below to check how the new residential zones might affect your property.
BACKGROUND TO THE REVIEW
In the process of developing the proposed planning controls wthin draft Amendment C160, Council, along with the Whitehorse community, have developed three background documents over the past year. 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.
A final draft Housing Strategy has been prepared to respond to these challenges.
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 draft Neighbourhood Character Study has been prepared to provide guidance on the nature of residential development throughout the municipality.