Horizontal mixed use Print

Design Outcome

​​Design Checklist​

  1. The site layout locates compatible uses together and provides separation distances and buffers between incompatible uses


Horizontal mixed use developments are suited to large sites where it is possible to provide adequate separation between buildings containing different uses.

There are a number of advantages to horizontal mixed use developments, including:
  • activation of the street edge by locating commercial and retail activities at the front of the site
  • the segregation of incompatible uses, both within and between sites, through separation distances and physical buffers
  • the ability to integrate higher density developments into otherwise lower density areas through the use of staggered building heights
  • an increased demand for local services
  • easy access to local employment opportunities.

Better Design Practice

Ensure compatibility of uses in horizontal mixed use developments.

Optimise the outcomes of a horizontal mixed use development by:

  • arranging buildings to ensure maximum compatibility between uses within a site and the neighbouring area
  • locating business and commercial uses closer to the street to create an active street frontage
  • locating residential units to the rear of the site to provide privacy for residents
  • using distance or buffers (such as buildings or landscaping) between incompatible uses to protect residents from unnecessary disturbance
  • incorporating quality outdoor spaces for residents within the development.

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