Turning Circles and Accessways: Think Parking Part II

Following on from last week’s article, we hope you’re now beginning to “Think Parking and not Bedrooms” as you approach your development.

Ensuring you have sufficient parking is an important first step.

But did you know that without easy access to and from that parking, your application may still fail Parking Provision requirements?

Turning Circles and Accessways: Think Parking Part II

What are Turning Circles and Accessways?

Accessways, or driveways, are the means for vehicles to enter and exit your development.

Turning Circles refer to the space required to allow vehicles to change directions in your development – usually as a result of entering/exiting a car space.

Why should I think about Turning Circles and Accessways?

By considering Parking, Turning Circles and Accessways first, you are then in a position to understand the true available building envelope for your proposed development.

How do I know if I need Turning Circles and Accessways?

Detail of a Turning Circle servicing multiple car spaces

Accessways are typically necessary where travel through a development is necessary to reach the intended car space. Inner city or corner site developments may allow for car parks on the boundary so accessways may not be necessary in these cases.

Regarding Turning Circles, Clause 55.03-9 Standard B14 of the Victorian Planning Provisions state that:

“Accessways should be designed to ensure vehicles can exit a development in a forwards direction if the accessway:

  • serves five or more car spaces, or
  • serves three or more dwellings, or
  • connects to a road in a Road Zone”.

The Dual Occupancy Turning Circle Exception …

Given the above rule, two unit developments technically don’t require a turning circle. (ie. cars from both units should be permitted to reverse out).

It has been our experience however, that most Council planners override this rule and expect dual occupancy developments to provide Turning Circles.

The consequence of this, is that building footprints and floorplans usually need to be significantly changed to ‘find’ the extra space required. With land at a premium for Dual Occupancies, this often means significant compromises – perhaps even losing a bedroom.

Yet another reason to Think Parking and derive bedrooms.

How much space should you allow for a Turning Circle and Accessway?

Once again referring to Standard B14:

“Accessways should:

  • have an internal radius of at least 4 metres at changes of direction, and
  • be at least 3 metres wide“.

Clause 55.03-11 Standard B16 also contains additional allowances that must be made depending on the angle of the car space to the Accessway – we’ve included the dimensions required in the table below for your reference.

Turning Circle Accessway Width Requirements

Turning Circles: Conclusion

Accessways, or driveways, are the means for vehicles to enter and exit your development.

Turning Circles refer to the space required to allow vehicles to change directions in your development – usually as a result of entering/exiting a car space.

By Thinking Parking, Turning Circles and Accessways first, you are then in a position to understand the true available Building Envelope for your proposed development.

Yet another reason to Think Parking and derive bedrooms.

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