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


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. Amendment C162 came into effect on 24 September 2015. 

The Minister for Planning approved Council’s proposed residential zones (Amendment C160) with a number of changes, but referred the content of the schedules to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone to the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee. A public hearing was held and the Committee's report has been released. The schedules as recommended by the Committee came into effect on 12 November 2015 as Amendment C174. Wording changes to the Residential Growth and General Residential Zone Schedules were made via Amendment C177 on 14 July 2016 to ensure consistent wording across all residential zone schedules.

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.