In 2012 Council embarked on a process to review the Whitehorse Housing Study 2003 and the Whitehorse Neighbourhood Character Study 2003. It was also decided that land within smaller shopping centres throughout the municipality be included in the Review to be comprehensive about the residential potential within all of Whitehorse.
These studies are used by Council and the community as a guide to developing the city in line with community aspirations and the needs of the future population. The purpose of the review is not just to assess where and how to place new development, it also seeks to define the unique and valued characteristics of the municipality and implement specific planning tools to manage how Whitehorse changes in accordance with our community’s vision.
The review consists of three documents:
The Whitehorse Housing Strategy and Whitehorse Neighbourhood Character Study 2014 were then used as the basis of Council’s distribution of the State Government’s new residential zones. These were approved (with changes) by the Minister for Planning in October 2014. For more information about the new residential zones in Whitehorse, please visit www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/amendment-C160.html or http://maps.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/
The three documents comprising the review were adopted by Council on 28 April 2014. This web page provides background about the review.
Council engaged expert consultants to undertake urban design and planning assessments and prepare the background and study documents associated with this project. The Whitehorse community was engaged at key stages throughout the process.
Stage 1 Background Review
Because the original Whitehorse Housing Study and Neighbourhood Character Study were completed in 2003, the background review entailed analysis of all relevant policies and planning tools that have been released since that time. These include Whitehorse Council’s policies, changes to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme and relevant State policies. The background review also looked at the demographics of Whitehorse, future population projections and recent development trends.
Stage 2: Draft Neighbourhood Character Statements and Neighbourhood Activity Centre Urban Design Guidelines
Draft Neighbourhood Character Statements 2013 – involved defining character precincts based on existing character and how the area’s character can evolve into the future with a statement about preferred character. The Draft identified 27 Character Precincts.
Draft Neighbourhood Activity Centre Urban Design Guidelines – developed general guidelines that applied to most NACs. It also presented built form guidelines for each NAC which included proposed maximum heights and specified setbacks from boundaries.
Phase 1 Consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Character Statements and Neighbourhood Activity Centre Urban Design Guidelines took place between March and April 2013. Key themes from submissions to these documents can be downloaded here.
Stage 3: Draft Housing Strategy, Updated Draft Neighbourhood Character Study (with updated Character Statements and draft Guidelines) and Updated Draft NAC Urban Design Guidelines(please refer to draft documents located at the bottom of this page)
The consultation during Stage 2 of the project process fed into the drafting of three documents that comprise the Whitehorse Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review. These three documents are:
Phase 2 Consultation on the three draft documents occurred in September/October 2013. Council received over 950 written submissions and more than 250 residents had registered to be kept informed about the project at this point in time.
A list of all the main points raised in the submissions can be accessed here: Phase 2 Consultation Summary Response to Submissions (186.64kB)
Stage 4: Preparation of final reports
All the work undertaken to date from the background assessment, drafting and preparation of final documents, has led Council to prepare Final Drafts of the three documents associated with the Whitehorse Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review. The proposed draft Planning Scheme Amendment C160 sought to transfer the three background documents of the Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review 2014 into planning policy.
Stage 5: Implementation Council considered the feedback provided by the community during the consultation between 14 February and 14 March 2014 at its meeting on 28 April 2014. At this meeting, Council adopted the proposed Amendments C160 and C162 and finalised the background documents comprising the Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review.
This decision concludes the Whitehorse Housing and Neighbourhood Character Review 2014 and adopts the translation of residential land into the State Government’s New Residential Zones.
Council has requested the Minister for Planning to consider and approve Amendments C160 and C162 to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. This process allows the Minister to amend the Whitehorse Planning Scheme with exemption from notice requirements.
The Minister for Planning approved Amendment C160 (with changes) on 6 October 2014 and the new residential zones came into effect on 14 October 2014. To find out more about the next steps, please visit www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/amendment-C160.html.
Council would like to thank everyone who contributed submissions and feedback in preparing and undertaking the Whitehorse Housing and Neighbourhood Review.
Archived documents for reference only.
Draft Whitehorse Neighbourhood Character Study 2013
Draft Whitehorse Housing Strategy 2013
Draft Whitehorse Neighbourhood Activity Centre Urban Design Guidelines 2013
Brochure from Phase 3 Consultation (provides an overview of the review at that point):
Stage 4 Documents – Phase 3 Consultation
Council prepared draft planning controls and policies to incorporate this work into the Whitehorse Planning Scheme. Draft Planning Scheme Amendment C160 comprised:
Proposed New Planning Controls
Three new residential zones were introduced to replace the existing Residential 1 Zone. The new residential zones released by the Minister for Planning in March 2013 enabled Council to implement stronger and more definitive planning controls. A deadline of 30 June 2014 was set for each Council in Victoria to implement the new residential zones.
Whitehorse Council, via draft Planning Scheme Amendment C160, proposed:
Revised Local Planning Policies
There is also an Explanatory Report: Amendment C160 Explanatory Report.pdf (33.65kB)
As an aid to reading the proposed Draft Planning Scheme Amendment documentation, Council prepared the following:
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