Adverse and Positive Effects of Non-Residential Activities

Adverse effects from non-residential activities can be tangible or intangible. Tangible adverse effects may include:

  • the potential for increased noise and traffic generation
  • visual detraction associated with building scale and appearance
  • signage and lighting
  • expanses of car parking
  • overshadowing and loss of privacy.

Intangible adverse effects may include:

  • loss of residential coherence through a reduction of on-site occupation and isolation from residential neighbours
  • a perception that the character of the neighbourhood is changing and in decline.

Positive effects of non-residential activities may include:

  • cheaper entry costs for new businesses, particularly where these are initially small scale
  • economic and employment growth
  • providing a wider range of accessible local services
  • clustering of businesses providing mutual support and self sufficiency.

As part of a planned mixed-use community, non-residential activities may help facilitate less dependency on car travel and enhance urban sustainability. For some people, a mixed-use urban environment will be a more diverse and interesting place to live.