Mixed-use developments offer communities a method for protecting Northwest Lower Michigan’s natural resources and character, as well as fulfill a growing market demand.  These multi-use buildings or complexes provide a compatible mix of housing and everyday shopping, services, and restaurants in a location accessible by foot, bicycle, public transit, or automobile.  They encourage social and economic neighborhood activity through a balance of residential and pedestrian-oriented commercial uses.   Mixed-use developments vary in size and composition – making them easily incorporated into virtually any area in the region’s communities.


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Mixed-Use Agriculture
A mixture of uses in agricultural areas helps support the region’s farm economy.

Large Scale Mixed-Use
Larger mixed-use developments provide an assortment of retail, office, and residential uses.

Residential Scaled Mixed-Use
New or existing buildings provide business and housing needs while fitting into existing neighborhoods.