I'm hoping for the same. And that's one of the reasons I'm looking into some of this stuff. Last competition we went to, with the criteria for Ippon being raised and the time on the mat being increased, mat work was a huge part of who won and who lost. I'm hoping by the time tournament season rolls around again we'll have more polish on our ground work skills. Especially as we have a lot of new brown belts. Standing to ground transition is a huge part of that, but as you said space is a problem.
I find ne-waza skills really vary across judo clubs. Typically clubs that focus on competition and crank out good fighters tend to be better (duh?) simply because they have better athletes. Occasionally you'll find ne-waza specialist clubs or fighters within clubs that are better. With the advancement of BJJ hopefully there will be a swing back to more ne-waza, especially if more time is given for groundwork.