The purpose of the mixed-use program is to allow a mix of residential and commercial uses in commercial areas where urban services, such as sewer and water are readily available. Mixed-use developments may include a specific ratio of residential uses to commercial uses. The residential and commercial uses are physically separated and may be rented or sold separately. Residential uses are generally located above the ground floor, leaving the street level for commercial use, but the two uses may be located adjacent to one another in some cases.
Mixed-use projects differ from work/live projects in that mixed-use projects involve separate residential and commercial spaces, where a work/live project combines the work and living areas in a single unit or space.