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We have looked at the ""green lanes" pilots and reported to Council in 2008 (summary — they’re 3-4 times more expensive than our now-standard strip pavement, there is a definite "price point’ of how much residents would be willing to pay for the treatment, and they will likely have higher maintenance costs and a shorter service life). We’re currently finalizing our test site for the lower-cost lane treatment option — a permeable lane pavement design.
Here is the full Council report, including the resident survey.
Definitely an option for Council to increase the funding (reduce the property owner’s share) for these projects to promote more green lanes. More broadly speaking, the Greenest City team is supportive of the idea to make make laneways and alleys more pedestrian friendly environments, while maintaining essential functions (e.g. access for loading, parking and waste collection).
An error occurred while saving the commentAliKate commented
I just looked into the Country Lanes page and the cost to residents is simply listed as To Be Determined? Not very helpful! I think this is a great concept that not only has the environmental benefit of improving ground water absorption but would also help to make laneways more user-friendly; a nice place to stroll or play instead of just a place to let your garbage & recycling bins overflow...I think this is something the City should definitely subsidize, especially because the laneways that stand to benefit the most are located in lower-income neighbourhoods.