15-0828 v3.X Surface Parking and Building Footprint

Question:

Question 1 – Surface Parking – 15% of total project boundary Explanation: According to LBC, the project falls in L4 and the requirement is 15% of the project boundary area (125,720 Sq m) should be surface parking. 

1. As per calculation, this converts to 18,858 Sq m. As per local government regulations, we need to provide 61,580 Sq m of parking area. The same cannot be reduced as it is as per government regulations. (Please find the attached PDF) 

2. As suggested by LBC, we can reduce surface parking by constructing a Multi Level Car Park for the remaining 42,722 Sq m. We have planned this but only during Phase-II of the project. 

3. We have abundant land available in the campus. Constructing an MLCP will result in additional raw materials, resources, man power and considerable increase in carbon emissions. Hence, complete parking requirement (according to local government parking regulations) can be provided on available ground. To reduce the impact of surface parking, we can provide shaded parking (with trees/ pergola) and use open grid pavement (50% pervious) as per LBC's recommendation. Proposal: We propose to increase the percentage of surface parking from 15% to allowable limit (50%).

Question 2 – Building foot print – Single use 3,750 Sq m Explanation: According to LBC, Maximum allowable footprint for any building with a single use, single owner or single tenant is 3,750 Sq m. As our project has multiple uses within the same campus which includes food court, gym, office, bank, food kiosks & general purpose shops, we would like to confirm that the limit of 3750 Sq m will not be applicable for this campus. Proposal: We would request you to confirm on the same. Thank you, we look forward to hear from you.

Answer:

Question 1: Although availability of land is not a sufficient reason to provide additional parking beyond the surface parking limits, since those limits are, at least in part, there to protect open land from being dedicated to cars, there is an established Exception (from this post) that addresses issues of code. The team is encouraged to move at least some of the structured parking into the first phase to lessen the impacts of cars on the open land and the cost of two parking projects. 

v3.0 I15-E1 Human Scale and Code Requirements

The maximum parking dimensions listed in this Imperative may be exceeded when they are mandated by code and the team is unable to get a variance. The team must propose an alternative design to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and, if that alternative is rejected, advocate to the AHJ or other mandating authority to request a change in the requirement. Teams that use this Exception may only install impervious surface parking up to the maximum area prescribed by this Imperative for the project’s Transect. The remaining parking area required by code must be pervious (e.g. grasscrete, gravel, or other surfaces that serve the dual purpose of stormwater management and parking) and include infrastructure (e.g. bike racks, preferential car pool parking) and signage encouraging the use of alternative transportation. Additionally, any and all surface parking incorporated into the project remains subject to the maximum dimensions stipulated in this Imperative before a separation is required on all four sides. 

Question 2: Because this facility incorporates a food court, gym, bank, and retail shops that are not typically attendant to the operation of an office building, it is considered to have multiple uses and thus is exempt from the maximum footprint requirement for buildings with single uses, single owners, or single tenants. To meet the intent the team must incorporate sufficient facade openings, public access points and community gathering spaces to mitigate the impact of building a single larger building and enhance connections between occupants, the public, and the outdoors.


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