One the most visually important and perhaps most relevant aspect of successful site design is how the car is managed. In well-designed traditional neighborhoods cars never dominate the house. Instead, gardens, walks and the house façade greet you. In poorly planned and designed neighborhoods, cars, associated paving and garage doors overshadow the house.
- Driveways are ideally accessed from an alley on the back of the lot or to one side of the house.
- Parking should be behind the house or on the side past the edge of the front façade.
- Two-track driveways that maintain a swatch of planting between the tire lanes are less expensive, less prominent and more permeable.
- Driveways can serve multiple purposes by providing space for events, play and utilitarian purposes allowing for an overall reduction in paved areas when planned. Shared driveways with neighbors is a great way to limit space dedicated to cars.
- Impervious paving is a major contributor to storm water run-off and its associated negative effects. Permeable paving is an important tool for reducing run-off, associated pollution and increased groundwater recharge.