Table of Contents Lanes

Very few subdivision applications contain lanes nowadays, although they are allowed and may even be beneficial in some cases. Lanes can provide secondary access to parcels. They are useful if direct access is not desirable, such as in business districts or major streets where entrance conflicts would reduce the level of service to through traffic or pedestrians. In narrower lots, they can be used to access carports or garages.

The minimum width for a lane is six metres.  When the lane provides alternative access to lots on a controlled access highway, the lane should have a minimum width of 8 metres.

It must be made clear that lanes do not receive the same level of maintenance as roads.

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