Changes to the characteristics of the urban landscape as a result of morphological processes are investigated. The effects of change to individual plots are considered. Particular attention is given to the residential district of camlzbel in the city of Mersin, Turkey. Conzen's conception of the burgage cycle provides a basis for recognition of a development cycle. This comprises initial, interim and ultimate phases that gave rise respectively to generation, degeneration and regeneration. Individuals, government, planning practice and legislation contributed to this cycle. Attention is drawn to the value of the concept of morphogenetic type in understanding plot pattern development and building repletion and replacement processes.