Loveland City Council will on Tuesday consider options for expanding the city’s patio program, which was introduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to support socially distanced outdoor dining.
Council members approved the program in June 2020, enabling 28 businesses to date to expand into sidewalks and nearby parking spaces.
The Patio program laid the groundwork for the Loveland Downtown Development Authority’s Saturday Night Dine Out series last summer. According to a staff memo, the events generated some of the most profitable days of 2020 for downtown businesses.
The council then asked staff members to research what it would take to change the city’s code to make the changes made by the Patio program permanent.
While most businesses and members of the public who responded to an April 2021 municipal survey had a positive view of the program, they were split on whether the program should be annual or seasonal, with about 54 .5% of traders and 55.3% of other respondents said they would support its reintroduction on a seasonal basis.
Staff members raised various concerns in their presentation regarding the city’s code change and instead recommend either an extension of the local disaster declaration, which would keep the program going at least through the summer; use of the Special Events Permit System, whereby businesses could apply to use their Patio Program space during warmer months or during special events; or launching another survey to gauge interest in a permanent program.
Council will also assess the city’s proposed Capital Improvement Program 2022-31. The first year of the approximately $791.5 million 10-year plan will eventually be voted on as part of the 2022 budget. Funding sources include the general fund, various municipal funds, and external funding sources such as grants.
Comments offered by the board on Tuesday will be reflected in the draft financial master plan, which will be presented in draft form at a later date.
Board members will have the opportunity to evaluate the list of projects and decide whether to add, delete or modify projects on Tuesday.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 16 and streamed on the city’s website at loveland.viebit.com. Tuesday’s agenda can be viewed and printed at cilovelandco.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=1029.
City Hall is located at 500 E. Third St.