Asset Naming

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Asset Naming

In 2021, Zorra Council approved an Asset Naming Policy for the Township. This policy provides a framework for the naming of all assets within the Township of Zorra including, roads, parks, trails, open spaces, buildings, memorial areas, or any municipal facilities or assets. This policy replaces our previous Naming of Parks, Open Space and Facilities Policy.

The purpose of the Asset Naming Policy is to provide for a fair, consistent, and efficient process while including the important need for public consultation and legislative approvals with respect to naming, by following strategy 2, to consult, communication mediums will be utilized, such as the Township website and social media.

The policy applies to any organization, partnership or individual requesting the naming of a municipal asset or requesting a name be added to the Zorra Names Registry. The responsibility for naming municipal assets will be that of Council. The Director of Corporate Services/Clerk shall be responsible for administration of the policy and to compile and keep up to date a Zorra Names Registry.

The policy provides for a process for anyone to apply for a name to be added to the Registry and to apply for a particular asset to be named from that list of Council approved names. A developer would be required to select names for their developments from the registry and, following their selection, those names will be brought to Council for approval.

The cost associated with a naming/renaming (including but not limited to signage, ceremonial costs, legal costs, etc.) will be the responsibility of the Township when the naming/re-naming has been initiated by the Township and will be the responsibility of the Community/Developer or Corporate entity when the naming/renaming has been initiated by the Community/ Developer/Corporate entity or is part of a land use planning development.

Visit our Policies page to view the Asset Naming Policy. 

Visit our Forms page to complete the Asset Naming Request Form.

For more information, please contact the Director of Corporate Services/Clerk at 519-485-2490 ext 7228.

Name Registry Applications Under Review

The following names have been submitted for consideration under our Zorra Asset Naming Policy. Public comments are encouraged and can be submitted to the Clerk by email. Be sure to note the deadline for comments for each name listed.

Name for Consideration Category Submitted by Background Deadline for Comments
Shewan Historical Unknown Read submission here June 10, 2022

Approved Name Registry

The list below (displayed alphabetically) is a central repository of all Council approved names with historical or background information for each name. These names will be considered when naming/re-naming future streets, parks, facilities, etc. Full details regarding the background & significance of each name are available by contacting the Township office.

Category Name Date Approved by Council Asset Selected
Prominent Citizen CALHOUN 2020-12-16 The name Calhoun will be used for a street in the Thames Springs West development.
Prominent Citizen CLARK 2022-05-18
Prominent Citizen HOGG 2020-12-16
Prominent Citizen HOSSACK 2020-12-16
Historical KARN 2022-05-04
Former Councillor KELLY 2020-12-16 Thames Springs West Subdivision has a street called Kelly Drive.
Former Mayor LUPTON 2022-04-06
Prominent Citizen MCFARLAN 2022-04-06
Historical TROJANS 2022-04-06
Prominent Citizen WALLACE, JOE AND ELLEN 2020-05-05
Prominent Citizen WEIR 2021-04-21

Municipal Asset Registry

What is an asset? In a municipal world, the term “asset” refers to engineered infrastructure such as streets, roads, bridges, parks, and buildings.

You may have wondered why your street has the name it does, or why a park or trail has a specific name. Many of these assets were named with a specific person, family, or organization in mind. For example, the Lions River Park in Thamesford was named for the Thamesford Lions Club. Many members of this Club have spent a lot of time caring for trees in this park.

We are working to compile a list of all our named municipal assets along with the significance of their names. We need your help! If you have personal knowledge about the reason for the name of a certain street, bridge, or park, let us know! We will combine all these details into a master list of assets. This list will assist Council in making decisions when choosing names for future assets.

Click here for the list of asset names. Then forward your information to our Clerk by email so we can compile the information together into a registry. You may wish to refer to your local library and history books to assist in gathering information.