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4 Duplex Buildings

To establish a duplex development

The size and scale of the duplex dwellings will have no material effects on the existing streetscape amenity. The shape and form of the duplex dwellings will be comparable to duplex dwelling developments within the General Residential Zone. The duplex dwellings will be designed with windows and doors that face the transport corridor, helping to improve the streetscape amenity. The design of the duplex dwellings will provide good on-site amenity to residents. Fencing and the planting will provide privacy to each unit and improve the streetscape amenity of the site, and fencing and walls will tie in with the appearance of the duplex dwellings.

The design of the duplex dwellings will ensure that there are sufficient spaces on each site for residential activities to be undertaken on the site. The duplex dwellings will be designed to face the transport corridor, and the layout of parking will not be out of character with the amenity anticipated in the residential zone. The planting of vegetation in open areas in the front yards will assist in softening the built appearance of the site.

Considering the location of the site at the end of a cul-de-sac, visibility from the proposed vehicle crossings is limited, as such the crossings fail minimum required sight distances. In order to allow vehicles to enter and exit the site in a safe and efficient manner, conditions are intended to slow traffic leaving the site, ensure sightlines from the crossings are maintained (by limiting fence heights), and stop on-street parking within the cul-de-sac head which would further impact on sightlines.

The proposed development is sustainable, and any adverse effects created from the application are acceptable. Overall the proposal is consistent with the purpose and principles of the Resource Management Act.