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Driveways and access standards

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Access design

It is important that all sites have vehicular access for everyday use as well as in emergency situations.

The design of the driveway depends on how many sites need access to the road. It is important to note that the maximum number of sites that can be accessed by one right-of-way easement is 10 rear sites.

If your site is a rear site that does not have direct access to a formed legal road, then a driveway will need to be constructed. This access will be legally provided by either an entrance strip forming part of the site, a jointly-owned access lot, a rights-of-way easement over adjoining land, or a combination of these mechanisms.

The design of the access will depend on its length and how many sites need access to the road.

The key criterion is that the total width and other dimensions comply with the below standards.

Design criteria 1 site served 2-5 sites served 6-10 sites served
Minimum legal width 3.0m 3.5m 6.5m
Minimum formed width 2.5m 3.0m 5.5m
Minimum service strip 0.5m 0.5m 1.0m
Maximum length 50m 50m 100m
Maximum gradient 1 in 4 1 in 5 1 in 5
Minimum vertical clearance from buildings or structures 3.8m 3.8m 3.8m
Minimum inside turning radius for bends 6.5m 6.5m 6.5m

For an access greater than 50 metres in length, speed management measures should be considered.

The maximum number of sites that can be accessed by any one access strip (driveway) is 10 rear sites.

An access serving six or more rear sites must provide separate pedestrian access, which may be located within the formed driveway.

The pedestrian access required must meet all of the following:

  • have a minimum width of 1 metre (can include the service strip)
  • be distinguished from the vehicle carriageway through the use of a raised curb or different surface treatment.