Parking facility entrances

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    Joseph Petrarca (Edited )

    It's hard to believe that you will run into anything of this complexity. Seriously. And if you do, don't spend too much time on it. The zoning regs would have info to help you solve something like this. You won't have to know it. If you DID see something this complex... Mark it and move on. Don't forget, there are a certain number of questions out of the 120 that do not count towards the total score, where NCARB is experimenting and want to see what candidates will do. Be willing to let a few complex or whacky ones fall by the wayside. Concentrate on the ones that are more straightforward.

    It's like in a video game... If all the flying saucers are one point , why would you spend much time trying to hit the fast tiny ones? Concentrate on the big slow flying saucers because they are easier to hit and your points get racked up faster.

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    David Kaplan

    I would agree with above.  There's no set rule about this in the Building Code.  At the end of the day, it is generally true and good practice that you want to avoid a traffic jam when you're designing a site around existing intersections.  The further away you can keep things like entry aprons into parking lots or parking garage entries, the better.  Ever been in a situation too where you're in a parking lot, and the exit is really close to a main intersection, and you're trying to turn left onto the road?  You sit there and wait for the light to change and when it finally is red, well there's a whole bunch of cars sitting at the light right in front of you, preventing your ability now to exit out of the parking lot without blocking incoming traffic.  

    I think I did in fact get a couple of questions similar to this, so rule of thumb is keep things spread out as best as possible.  And yes, if you are given a Zoning Code excerpt on the test, be sure to check that.  Zoning Codes often do provide minimum distances of entry aprons from intersections.

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    Joseph Petrarca

    David. I have used your study guides in the past. How is your sister Brightwood and your brother Ballast doing?

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    David Kaplan

    Ha well done sir. You don't know how many people have asked me if I'm related to THAT Kaplan. Unfortunately no.

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    Nathan Landreville

    Joseph, like others have said this is something covered by the zoning code or authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). If this came up on a test, or in real life, you'd want to look at what documents are available to you under Zoning or Transportation Manuals.

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