The City's 311 received 9,000 complaints about gravel/ granular lanes and roads in less than 8 years (311 data). The St Vital ward had 2,300 of these lanes, or a thousand more than the next nearest ward. The gravel lanes continue to worsen, not get better with age. I do not think these lanes can be considered “Improved”, and ready for four times the increase in drivers, as recommended by the draft lot-split guidelines.
In 2012, the City budget allocated 1/10 of its road budget ($3m out of $30 million) to granular (gravel) roads and lanes. In 2020, with the annual road budget at $130 million, the granular roads & lanes budget has declined to $1.4M. I would argue this is not the time for a massive increase in use of these gravel lanes through lot-splits, when we have invested so much more on our actual streets.