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Design Outcome

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Design Checklist

  1. New buildings relate to the street
  2. The design of the mixed use development considers its relationship with surrounding buildings


Analyse and understand the con​text of the existing built environment. This includes the movement network, the land use and activity of the area, and the built form of the surrounding buildings and spaces. ​


Better Design Practice

Relate, respond and contribute to local urban context.

Local urban context relates to all nearby built and natural features, as well as social, economic and environmental factors that impact on a site. 

New developments should be designed to respond to both the current and future context. Identify what aspects of the current character are significant to protect and enhance.​

The mixed use development should make a positive contribution to the form and character of streets and other outdoor spaces.​

Ensure the design manages the reverse sensitivity effects of the development on neighbouring sites.​

Assess the possible building envelopes of adjacent sites before commencing design work.​​

In addition to analysing the subject site, it is important to check what could be developed on neighbouring sites. This is to minimise future conflicts and maximise development opportunities; for example, checking that proposed windows and outlook spaces can't be blocked by a future blank wall on the neighbouring site.​ Building envelopes can be determined by checking the Auckland Unitary Plan development controls.

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