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Unnamed private road in South Point now called Heron Lane

A previously unnamed private road in South Point will now be officially called Heron Lane following a vote by county commissioners.

Heron Lane map

A map shows the location of a road in South Point that did not have a name before commissioners voted to call it Heron Lane.
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By Steve Green, Executive Editor

A private road in South Point will be named after all.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Worcester County Development Review and Permitting Deputy Director Matthew Laick came before the commissioners to discuss a private lane name in the South Point area. Before Laick could present the matter to the board, Commissioner Jim Bunting motioned to approve the new name of Heron Lane with a second by Commissioner Eric Fiori. The motion passed unanimously.

Two months ago, it was a different story as the concept was tabled after concerns were aired by commissioners with instructions for staff to review potential options to accommodate property owners along the road. 

According to Worcester County code, all lanes home to three or more residences must be named. The unnamed private lane in South Point features nine residential lots. According to Laick’s memo in the county meeting packet, the county does not know why the lane was never named and was unaware until it was learned the Berlin Fire Company had a challenging time finding the home during a recent fire call.

In his memo, Laick noted property owners along the lane prefer to keep their current addresses, but exceptions are not permitted in the code. Laick presented two options for the new name — Osprey Lane or Heron Lane. Residents of the Bay Shores subdivision supported the Heron Lane name and the commissioners agreed.

This story appears in the June 6, 2024, print edition of the Bayside Gazette.