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Warrnambool Residential Land Supply Monitoring

In 2012, the Victorian State Government’s Urban Development Program undertook an analysis of residential land supply within the City of Warrnambool. The Urban Development Program report identified that Warrnambool had over 14 years land supply.

In 2013, Warrnambool City Council prepared a housing strategy to guide population growth within the City of Warrnambool to the year 2031. The Warrnambool City-Wide Housing Strategy 2013 identified that residential land supply had increased to over 24 years due to the rezoning of land within the Coastal Hopkins and North Dennington Growth Areas.

The Housing Strategy recommended that Council monitor residential land supply on an annual basis. This report is the first detailed land supply audit since the adoption of the Housing Strategy. In summary there is an adequate stock of zoned residential land to meet projected growth and trend based consumption rates across the City of Warrnambool. Consumption of residential land will continue to be monitored to ensure there is sufficient land supply to meet future demand, and identify any impediments to the delivery of allotments in the short-term.

The City of Warrnambool currently has around 2.5 years supply of development ready minor infill lots and around 25.5 years supply of zoned residential land across the municipality.

In total, there is a residential lot supply of approximately 6,321 lots. This is comprised of:

  • 4,930 zoned broad acre lots (78% of supply);

  • 757 major infill lots and 12 (unzoned) future residential lots (12% of supply);

  • 622 development ready minor infill lots (10% of supply).

As at December 2014, there was zoned residential lot capacity within broad acre areas of approximately 3,680, of which 650 lots are located within the Coastal Hopkins Growth Area, 810 lots within the North East Growth Area and 2,180 lots within the North Merri Growth Area.  In December 2014, Council adopted an amendment to the planning scheme to rezone land within the North Dennington Growth Area (an additional 1,250 lots).

For further information please contact Julie Glass, Coordinator City Strategy on (03) 5559 4836 or

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