Whitehorse City Council

Housing Study 2003

This page is about the Housing Study 2003. For information about the Housing Strategy 2014, please visit the Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review 2012-2013 page.

The City of Whitehorse Housing Study was completed in February 2003 and outlines the issues and opportunities for providing housing that meets the needs of the population. The study can be read by clicking on the following link: pdf icon City of Whitehorse Housing Study (7.98MB)

It provides a policy framework that has been translated into the planning scheme’s Residential Development Policy at Clause 22.03. Objectives of the study were:

  • To understand existing housing stock, population trends, opportunities and constraints on future development;
  • To maintain a sustainable population;
  • To facilitate diversity of housing to meet people’s needs;
  • To positively influence the form, location, amenity and type of new residential development;
  • To examine tools to manage future change;
  • To maximise and improve development potential around activity centres and transport nodes; and
  • To prompt community discussion about housing issues.
In developing the study, an understanding of the following issues was required:
  • What control Council has over influencing residential development;
  • How the City’s population is structured and how future changes will affect housing demand;
  • Existing housing stock and likely future trends, which relates to potential areas of minimal, natural and substantial change;
  • Opportunities and constraints for future residential development;
  • Planning tools that can be applied to better manage change to ensure future housing needs are met.
The Housing Study is designed to ensure that we meet the future needs of the City’s population whilst preserving and even enhancing the high level of amenity of our residential areas.

Council wishes to ensure that all housing is designed in a way that is not only respectful of the amenity of its neighbours and makes a positive contribution to the streetscape, but also provides an excellent level of amenity for its future occupants.

The Housing Study concluded that the appropriate strategy to provide for future development was to identify areas within the municipality that could be subject to minimal, incremental and substantial change. 

The areas identified for minimal change are areas that are considered to be special character areas because of their environmental, streetscape or heritage significance. These areas are not expected to experience significant change due to their special characteristics and inclusion in landscape or heritage overlays.

Thirteen areas were identified as suitable for substantial change. These areas are located in proximity to public transport, activity centres and facilities such as open space, schools and community facilities. These areas are subject to change as structure planning work is undertaken.

Areas that have not been identified for either minimal or substantial change are regarded as suitable for incremental or natural change ‘where infill development is in keeping with the character of the surrounding area.’