Connectivity Print

Design Outcome

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Design Checklist

  • ​​The mixed use development enhances local connections, while maintaining the privacy and safety needs of its occupants
  • Connectivity and movement networks within local areas are strengthened
  • Wider choices of transport modes are available and within easy reach of occupants
  • The design enhances the experience of place for people using movement networks that run through or past the mixed use development


Where practicable, new mixed use developments should be designed to provide connections to existing walkways, streets and transport routes. Good building edge design (where the building's edge meets the street) can further enhance the quality of streets as places for people.​​​​

Better Design Practice

Mixed use developments are generally located in or near town centres in accordance with Auckland Unitary Plan zoning.​

The development’s pedestrian routes, entries and exits should connect with existing streets and walkways, allowing easy access to nearby destinations.​

Integrate the site as much as possible with the external movement network.​
  • Look for opportunities to create links with the surrounding street network and provide routes through the site where possible.
  • Link pedestrian routes to public transport routes & stops.
  • Provide convenient, covered, and visible bicycle parking on the street for short term users of the mixed use services.
  • Make pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle routes work together.

Design movement networks as spaces that provide a pleasant experience for people using them.​​

​​The design of a development should prioritise pedestrian and bicycle movement over the movement of private vehicles.

Maintain privacy for occupants of the development.

​​​​Where residential units abut connectivity routes they should be designed with public fronts and private backs. Well-designed public fronts contribute to the amenity of the street and provide oversight of public areas, which contributes to a sense of safety for pedestrians. On balance, well-designed private backs provide occupants with spaces to enjoy privacy.​

Provide accessible cycle parking near entrances and secure cycle storage within the development.

​T​his will support local cycle networks and increase transport choices for occupants and visitors.

Consider providing parking space for shared vehicle services.

​Vehicle share services can be a viable method of transport for occasional car users.

Rules of Thumb

Prioritise modes of transport in response to the area. A cycle trip of 15 minutes at 20 km/hr equates to five kilometres of travel. This is around three times the distance a pedestrian can cover within the same time. 
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