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Naming downtown and Montgomery Village Lanes

Feb 17, 2017 | General

The Town of Orangeville has many back lanes, intersecting rows of houses and stretches of shops. In bygone days, before motorized vehicles, these back lanes were an important part of downtown areas for shopkeepers and tenants – for parking and product delivery. More than a decade ago, Montgomery Village, in the west end, developed a focus on back lanes with all homes facing the streetscape to achieve a neighbourhood feel.

All of these lanes serve a purpose but they have remained nameless. The Town of Orangeville has a plan to name the lanes in the downtown and in Montgomery Village. Names have been proposed for the lanes and the Town is looking for input and suggestions from the public.

The proposed names, for the 17 downtown lanes, reflect Orangeville’s past but perhaps the community has other suggested names that could represent the Town. The suggestions for the 15 lanes in Montgomery Village reflect the adjacent street name and floral-themed names in alphabetical order. It has been proposed that the east/west lanes be named after the corresponding street and the north/south lanes have a flower theme as the streets were named using a tree theme.

An online form lets you indicate support for the Town’s individual lane suggestions or come up with your own ideas. Visit the Town’s web map to provide input or pick up a form at the reception counter at Town Hall at 87 Broadway during business hours. Forms should be submitted, in person or online, by March 24 at 4:30 p.m. Residents in close proximity to the lanes will receive a letter from the Town explaining the public input process.

Lane naming has become a trend in recent years for municipalities to assist emergency services, to commemorate history, to provide an identity and create a sense of place, to build community connections and neighbourhood pride, and to encourage laneway improvements.

Following the comment period, a summary of the public input will be presented to Orangeville Council with recommendations for names for the as-of-yet un-named lanes. Council will make the final decisions.

Any questions about the lane naming process can be directed to lszarmes@orangeville.ca or 519-941-0440 Ext. 2244.