Each of the four topics presented in the Urban Structure section relate to the qualities of a development that are defined at subdivision design stage but experienced by its future residents.
Subdivision must provide a carefully designed framework for subsequent development to respond to. Decisions made at subdivision stage can impact upon matters such as residential privacy, access to sunlight and options for accommodating vehicles. Therefore, subdivisions design decisions must repeatedly consider the implications on the development, and residents, that will follow.
Public space and private space
Subdivision design carefully manages the difference between public space and private space to that ownership is clear at all times.
Orientation and outlook
Subdivisions are carefully planned relative to slope and orientation to maximise sunshine, views and privacy.
Subdivision design incorporates vehicle access to sections. Future purchasers are made aware when sections are subject to vehicle access restrictions, such as steep slopes.
Maintenance and renewal
Subdivisions should consider the long term maintenance consequences of components that have a finite lifespan, and for any other burdens (in terms of maintenance needs, use restrictions or financial costs) that may impact on future residents.