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These are relatively inexpensive to build, as they are usually small and simple, use the existing driveway and can retain the existing house on site, which can protect its character. Accessory dwellings also extend the choice of housing types available, and may provide for extended family living. They may be built over a garage which makes for efficient use of the site.
Accessory dwellings are limited in their potential as a house type to provide for significant residential growth and can, particularly if built above an existing garage or structure, lead to overlooking of rear yards.
Locate and design accessory dwellings to maintain good quality private open space behind the existing house.
Orientate windows to ensure overlooking into neighbouring yards is minimised. If the rear section is small, consider single storey development to avoid overlooking of neighbouring properties.
Ensure the house overlooks the driveway, has a clearly defined and visible front door and clear access.
Locate the accessory dwelling and plan the site to ensure both the main and accessory dwelling have access to good quality outdoor living areas. These might relate to a shared courtyard/outdoor space.
The manual provides professional advice, step-by-step best practice processes and detailed design guidance.
The manual will enable us all to make informed choice and build homes, and create new streets and neighbourhoods
that not only look great but are built to last, sustainable and give best return on investment.
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The Auckland Design Manual provides supplementary guidance to the Unitary Plan on design matters,
which will be updated by the Council from time to time. The Manual is not part of the Unitary Plan
and the Unitary Plan doesn’t incorporate the Manual by reference in the terms of the provisions of
Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991. While the Manual sits outside the Unitary Plan,
advice notes are occasionally included in the text of the Unitary Plan
to alert the reader to the existence of relevant guidance in the Unitary Plan.