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City to Consider Street Names For Shea Baker Ranch

The names of birds, butterflies, plants and flowers are expected to line the streets of the new development. Is there any room for the Peony?

When the City Council of Lake Forest meets Tuesday night, it is expected to approve a plan that will name the streets in the Shea Baker Ranch development between Bake and Alton.

For future residents and employees of Shea Baker Ranch, they'll have to negotiate a labrynth of native birds and butterflies, flowers and plants.

That's where the pool of names will come from for the communtiy, which could have up to 2,379 residential units and 25,000 square feet of non-residential development.

A public hearing on the subject takes place when the City Council of Lake Forest meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. The council will have an opportunity to delete any names it deems inappropriate, and the Orange County Fire Authority can do the same if similar street names already exist within close proximity.

It will also be an opportunity for the community to chime in on something that will be permanent part of the area.

Although not every name will be used, all street names used in the development will come from the list of 69 native species, provided that the list is approved. It is expected that about 65 streets will be named.

Following is a list of proposed street names.

Native Birds and Butterflies

  • Heron
  • Ross
  • Brant
  • Cooper
  • Merlin
  • Willow
  • Pinyon
  • Sage
  • Magnolia
  • Finch
  • Lark
  • Dunlin
  • Caspian
  • Forster
  • Swift
  • Costa
  • Calliope
  • Cassin
  • Starling
  • Indigo
  • Siskin
  • Monarch

Native Flowers and Plants

  • Agave
  • Mariposa
  • Mahogany
  • Wild Rose
  • Durango
  • Cress
  • Poppy
  • Aster
  • Azalea
  • Bellflower
  • Canterbury
  • Clover
  • Gilia
  • Hollyhock
  • Hyacinth
  • Larkspur
  • Manzanita
  • Romero
  • Peony
  • Sorrel
  • Honeysuckle
  • Snapdragon
  • Windflower
  • Yerba Buena
  • Yerba Mansa
  • Yerba Santa
  • Barberry
  • Buckthorn
  • Marigold
  • Dogwood
  • Gardenia
  • Chicory
  • Oleander
  • Jasmine
  • Morning Glory
  • Laurel
  • Catalina
  • Starflower
  • Manzanillo
  • Dahlia
  • Tigerlilly
  • Goldenrod
  • Redbud
  • Snowberry
  • Lantana
  • Bluebell
  • Mariana

Other discussion or action items will include an update on the Lake Forest Sports Park and the Brookfield and Trumark residential developments.

MisturChips December 19, 2012 at 09:07 PM
It's better than having 3 or 4-word long streets named in a foreign language, for sure! Think how much quicker it is to type into a GPS or mobile phone, and how much money is saved on the street signs themselves by not having them 3 feet wide(That's a joke, but a good one)! Repetitive letters are a bummer (bell, nillo, berry etc), as well as very similar names in the same community (manzanillo/manzanita). Peony does have a nice ring to it, though...
MFriedrich December 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Some appropriate recommendations: "Underwater Lane" near the intersection of "Principal" and "Reduction". And while we're at it, let's not forget an honorary "Heloc Avenue".
Homer December 20, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Eleventh & Thirteenth as cul-de-sacs off of Bankrupt. An intersection of Fannie & Mae
JustUs December 20, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Is there a rich and poor side of town in that area? Why not call one street "Rich Man Road" and another "Poor Man Road"? Or if you are afraid of alienating people call one "Easy Street" and the other "Hard Knocks Road". Use your imagination and sense of humor! We need more humor in this society. Everyone takes themselves so darn seriously. I wish I could design a CIty. It would be one like you've never seen before. You would smile when you entered and smile as you left. A good City planner should have an imagination and a sense of humor and be willing to act outside the box. Oh, a few stick-in-the-muds will always annoyed. Ignore them. Give them a break on their water bills to shut them up! :)
P. Coleman January 21, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Birds and Butterflies....what a nice, refreshing idea. Flowers, too....Peony is a beautiful fragrant flower.

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