Amber’s traffic engineers and transportation planners work on a wide variety of residential projects which range from the design of multi-million dollar dwellings, to townhouse developments, large apartment towers, and residential subdivisions.

Our work on this wide variety of projects requires us to use a range of skills which can include:

  • Preparation of car park layout plans including a review of the designs for garages, at-grade car parks, basement car parking, and the use of mechanical car stackers.
  • Assessment of the car park layouts provided by architects to ensure they comply with the relevant local policy and Australian Standards.
  • Preparation of swept path assessments to determine whether car parking areas have been suitably designed.
  • Justification of a reduction in car parking against the statutory requirement, particularly in built up areas where residents have access to public transport.
  • Assessment of the traffic impacts of the project including with the use of modelling software such as SIDRA.
  • Review of bicycle parking and waste collection facilities.

Our assessment can be provided in a report format that can be a straight forward letter or a detailed Traffic Impact Assessment.

Bespoke Car Park Design

The Amber team is often engaged to provide detailed traffic engineering advice for car parks within large residential dwellings. When money is not a barrier there are a wide range of options available to clients to improve their car park layout to meet their needs. This can include providing a hidden parking area via car stackers, the provision of a turntable so vehicles don’t need to manually turn around, or providing a car lift system to remove the need for a basement ramp. Our designs tailor the overall layout to meet the specific vehicles of our clients which can include sports performance vehicles which often have scraping issues when entering or exiting parking areas. Our technology allows us to check the car park as part of our design review to ensure all vehicles expected to access the site can do so in a comfortable manner.

Northcote Mixed Use Development

Amber prepared a Traffic Impact Assessment for a mixed use development in Northcote. The project provided a shop on the ground floor and six levels of apartments above. We provided design advice for the car park which provided a semi-automatic car stacker system and prepared a swept path assessment to ensure the car park complied with the Planning Scheme and AS/NZS 2890.1:2004. We also undertook parking surveys and provided a Car Parking Demand Assessment to support the parking reduction.

Land and Housing Corporation

LAHC is working to redevelop and transform the former Claymore and Airds Bradbury social housing estates in Campbelltown. Amber has prepared a number of Traffic Impact Assessments within these concept plans, including an assessment of the various stages of the subdivision and assessments of individual seniors living buildings. The assessments require careful consideration of the changes to the surrounding transport network and active transport facilities to ensure the developments create a well-connected street network. We provide design advice and prepared swept path diagrams for the car park layouts to ensure they are suitably designed for the end user. We are proud to work on social housing projects supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Hampton Mixed Use Development

Amber has provided traffic engineering services for a mixed use developed in Hampton that proposes to construct a ground floor café and residential apartments. Car parking is proposed within a car stacker system, and through our relationship with the car stacker companies and our experience with similar projects we have been able to deliver a compact car park layout to minimise the impact to the overall floor layout. The project also proposes a significant parking reduction which has been supported as part of our preparation of a Traffic Impact Assessment.

Moonee Ponds Residential

Amber was represented by Michael Willson who presented expert evidence to VCAT for a residential development in Moonee Ponds. Key traffic matters related to the resident car parking reduction, increased traffic generation, and the overall car parking design. We prepared a swept path assessment for the project and provided a Car Parking Demand Assessment as part of our scope of works. The project has subsequently been granted approval by VCAT. 

Oran Park Subdivision

Amber Organisation has recently completed a number of Traffic Impact Assessments for various residential developments within the Oran Park growth area. We regularly prepare traffic reports for subdivisions within the South West Growth Areas. Our assessments provide a review of the potential traffic impacts of the project including the use of traffic modelling software such as SIDRA. We also provide advice on the road layouts to ensure streets and walking and cycling facilities connect with the wider area, as well as a review of the road design itself to ensure vehicles can safely and efficiently travel within the site.

Crows Nest Townhouses

We have completed our involvement in a large townhouse development in Crows Nest. We were involved in the early stages of the project to assist the architects and development team in determining a suitable design for the basement car park. We prepared swept path diagrams and a Traffic Impact Assessment to support the development application. We subsequently prepared a Construction Traffic Management Plan and a Compliance Assessment in order to address the conditions of the permit. We work on a wide range of residential projects and regularly prepare these reports.

Tamworth Mixed Use Development

The project proposed a significant redevelopment of several key sites within the Tamworth CBD to provide two residential towers that will accommodate lower-level commercial and retail tenancies. The car park and access arrangements for the project were made complicated by the unusual shape of the site generated by the amalgamation of smaller lots. We worked closely with the project team to provide an efficient and functional layout that met the requirements of Council and provided a swept path assessment. A Traffic Impact Assessment was prepared for the project which assessed the expected parking demand of the site which varied throughout the day due to the different uses, in order to maximise the allocation of car parking. We also undertook a review of the potential traffic impacts of the project.

McCall Gardens

The McCall Gardens subdivision proposes a mixture of low to high density residential and commercial land use. The subdivision is expected to accommodate approximately 1,205 dwellings on-site and included a substantial redevelopment of the existing Ross House Community Hub. Amber prepared Traffic Impact Assessment reports for the various stages of the subdivision which reviewed the potential traffic impacts of the project and the design of the road layout. We also provided an assessment of the proposal for the Ross House Community Hub including the preparation of swept path diagrams for the car park layout, a review of the access and parking design against the requirements of the Australian Standards, and a review of the parking provision for the various uses.

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