Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse Planning Scheme

The Whitehorse Planning Scheme comprises state and local planning policies, Council's Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS), zoning maps and planning controls which specify how land in the municipality may be used and developed. The scheme contains:

  • The objectives of planning in Victoria
  • Purposes of the planning scheme 
  • A User Guide
  • A State Planning Policy Framework
  • A Local Planning Policy Framework (including the Municipal Strategic Statement)
  • Zone and Overlay provisions
  • Particular provisions
  • Definitions
  • Incorporated documents

The State Planning Policy Framework covers strategic issues of state importance. It lists policies under six headings – settlement, environment, housing, economic development, infrastructure, and particular uses and development. Every planning scheme in Victoria contains this policy framework, which is identical in all schemes.

The Local Planning Policy Framework contains a municipal strategic statement and local planning policies. The framework identifies long term directions about land use and development in the municipality; presents a vision for its community and other stakeholders; and provides the rationale for the zone and overlay requirements and particular provisions in the scheme.

The zone and overlay requirements and particular provisions show:

  • The type of use and development allowed in each zone
  • Additional requirements for subdivision, buildings and works on land that is affected by an overlay
  • Requirements for any specific uses and development
  • The general provisions provide information on the administration of this scheme and other related matters. Definitions advise on the meaning of words in this scheme

For more information, view the Whitehorse Planning Scheme.


Whitehorse Planning Scheme Review

The Whitehorse Planning Scheme, developed more than a decade ago, guides land use and development within the municipality and is reviewed every three years as a statutory requirement. 

The pdf icon Whitehorse Planning Scheme Review (407.82kB) was adopted by Council on 30 June 2010. Council conducted a comprehensive community consultation process to make sure the needs and views of local residents and the business community were considered in the review. 

Council will incorporate the amendments into the scheme and will conduct further consultation on the specific aspects of the recommendations as they are implemented over the coming years.