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Urban Design Compendium

Parcels and Plots

Development parcels are tracts of land usually under a single ownership and are the basis of most new developments. Plots are usually much smaller increments or land holdings

Parcel size:

  • Keep the grain fine with a range of developers to avoid monoculture
  • Grain should be finer towards the centre

Plot size:

  • Small, narrow plots generate a rich mix of building, more active frontages, enable higher densities and minimise leftover space
  • Larger plots are often needed for commercial, industrial or civic buildings and provide more flexibility for central land areas

Plot and Parcel sub division:

  • Backs of properties form a natural buffer between uses and developers
  • Consider fit with ownership and maintenance of open spaces


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