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

What is the planning scheme?

The Whitehorse Planning Scheme is a legal document that guides planning and development decisions across Whitehorse. It includes a range of tools, such as state and local planning policies, zoning maps and planning controls, which specify how land in Whitehorse may be used and developed.

All land in Whitehorse is affected by the planning scheme.

Why are we reviewing the scheme?

The previous pdf icon Whitehorse Planning Scheme Review (525.26kB) was endorsed by Council on 23 June 2014.

It is a legislative requirement under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 that each council must review their planning scheme every four years, within a year of adopting the Council Plan.

The review will ensure that the Planning Scheme is up to date and addresses all the key issues that Whitehorse is experiencing or we may experience in the future.

There have been a number of recent changes to state and local policies, and the review will also ensure that the Planning Scheme is aligned with these changes.

The Planning Scheme Review included a community survey. The results of the survey will be included in the Planning Scheme Review Report, which is proposed to be presented at a Council meeting in June 2018.

Please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Unit on 9262 6303 for more information.