Access and Egress
Very early in the design phase, Mosaic proactively engaged with the community to formally record their access/egress preference through a petition. Mosaic provided support during this process and presented the case to Council. Please read the FAQ relating to Council’s rationale regarding the Clarence Road access.
We have utilised the natural slope of the land from Lambert Road towards Hunter Street to include a level of apartments below the ‘natural ground level’, to ensure the building presents as 5 storeys from Lambert Road. This level isn’t counted as storey under the planning scheme and importantly, complies with the overall height requirements under the code. It enabled us to retain the product mix required to make this project viable, whilst also accommodating our neighbour’s preference for an increased boundary setback of 6m, to the heritage and character housing at the rear.
We have raised the deep planting zone in line with the natural ground level and above the lower level apartment’s courtyard, to ensure our deep planting has the opportunity to grow above our boundary fence line on the south and act as a green form of privacy screening for neighbours.
To reduce impacts further on these three storeys above ground, we have also incorporated additional privacy screening along the three apartments facing Hunter Street to protect our neighbour’s privacy.
Most importantly, Mosaic has received positive support for this design outcome by the owner of the heritage home on our boundary.