Can we do this? Sure why not…
We have to face it, the current way we plan and build cities are not conductive towards pollution, mental health, efficiency (including energy consumption) nor even productivity. So can Spatial Planning both find and enable new ways in building cities, sub regions and communities.
I say Spatial Planning can given it would be resorting back to old techniques that were common pre 1950s when the car and motorway took off.
Below is an example of what Spatial Planning could very well enable:
More can be found HERE. In any case this should be seen widely across all Mixed Housing Suburban, Urban, and Terraced Housing/Apartment Zones here in Auckland.