Guidance for Mixed Use Development Print

1Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​What are mixed use developments?​

Mixed use developments combine two or more uses within a building, site or block. They can be organised vertically, horizontally, or a combination of the two. Shops or other commercial premises at ground floor with apartments or offices above are a common example of a vertical mixed use development.

​​Why mixed u​se developments?

Mixed use developments have a number of benefits including:
  • ​Opportunities for increased residential densities
  • Reduced distances between residential and commercial uses
  • Placing more people within easy walking distance of services
  • Supporting pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environments
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Location of mixed use developments

Mixed use developments can occur in a number of zones. You will need to consult the Auckland Unitary Plan to check the appropriate controls for your site.​​

Mixed use developments are best located in or near town centres where they offer the following benefits:
  • ​reduce urban sprawl
  • meet increased demand for accommodation close to services and amenities
  • increase demand and support for local businesses 
  • reduce transport and commute distances and costs
  • increase the activity and vibrancy of streets 
  • contribute to a safer environment by combining different uses used at different times of the day 

Compatibility of uses

Developing a mixed use project can be more complex than a single use project. ​Compatibility of uses is something that needs to be considered to ensure reverse sensitivity is prevented. ​ For example, a daycare centre next to a bottle shop may not be compatible. It is important to consider:
  • hours of operation
  • different types of servicing (car parking, rubbish collection, etc.)
  • different effects that may need to be managed such as noise and traffic
However, such difficulties may be minimised at the outset of a project through good design and the choice of compatible uses.