§ 1425-35. Access Drive and Maneuvering Aisles  


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  • Access drives for parking purposes are permitted only in connection with permitted uses, except for access drives to restricted parking lots allowed by the Director of City Planning and Buildings in connection with uses in more restricted districts.

    (a) Parking Access. An access drive connecting the required parking spaces to a street must be provided either on the same lot as the principal use, or if located on a separate lot as the principal use by either of the following recorded instruments: (i) a recorded covenant if the lot containing the access drive is owned by the same owner as the lot containing the principal use; or (ii) a recorded reciprocal easement if the lot containing the access drive has a different owner than the lot containing the principal use. In any event, any such recorded instrument shall state clearly on its face that it is irrevocable without the prior written consent of the Director of City Planning and Buildings and shall be acceptable to the City Solicitor. Where provided on the same lot as the principal use, the access drives must have a minimum width of eight feet and a maximum aggregate width of 20 feet. Where provided for by a recorded instrument, the access drive must have a minimum width of eight feet, except where the access drive serves more than two properties in which case the access drive must be 16 feet.

    (b) Maneuvering Aisles. Maneuvering aisles and driveways may serve both required parking spaces and loading spaces if they meet the requirements specified in §1425-19 and § 1425-25 for both parking and loading facilities.

    (c) Requirement for Wider Driveway. The City Engineer may require a wider driveway and driveway opening for a development.

    (d) Driveway Visibility. Visibility from a driveway may not be blocked between a height of three feet and seven feet for a depth of five feet from the street property line and five feet from the edge of the driveway or at the nearest property line intersecting the street property line, whichever is less. Refer to Figure 1425-35.

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    Figure 1425-35 Driveway Visibility

    (e) Garage Doors Facing an Alley. Any garage door facing an alley shall provide an adequate turning radius.

(Ordained by Ord. No. 15-2004, eff. Feb. 13, 2004; a. Ord. No. 0057-2008, § 1, eff. March 13, 2008; a. Ord. No. 363-2010, § 1, eff. Nov. 13, 2010)