Whitehorse City Council

Neighbourhood Character Study 2003

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

The City of Whitehorse is physically characterised by its tree-lined streets, hilly topography, large blocks of land, leafy and well-established suburban gardens, low density housing including older style homes mixed with heritage buildings, and an abundance of open space including bushland and creekland,

The Whitehorse Neighbourhood Character Study identifies and evaluates the urban and environmental elements that contribute to Whitehorse’s character and provides direction for future residential areas in the municipality. Click on the following link to view the study: pdf icon Whitehorse Neighbourhood Character Study (11.16MB)

The Whitehorse Neighbourhood Character Study divides the municipality into 25 neighbourhood character areas be protected through an amendment to the Local Planning Policies as listed in the Whitehorse Planning Scheme.

The finding of the study is that most of the 25 character areas be protected through an amendment to the Local Planning Policies of the Whitehorse Planning Scheme. This amendment was part of Amendment C50 and introduced a new policy on the Neighbourhood Character as well as design objectives and guidelines. This policy (Clause 22.03) provides guidance to applicants, Council and residents in the assessment of planning permit applications in all parts of the municipality.