Unified Development Code
Further Review and upcoming Schedules:
Review by the Title 18 Committee and Planning Commission of the UDC continued during November and December 2017. On January 15, 2018, a public open house was held in the Loveland Development Center at 5:30pm. At 6:30 pm at a study session the Planning Commission was presented with the UDC draft.
The following is the upcoming schedule for review of the UDC first draft:
January 23, 2018, City Council study session starting at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers, 500 East Third Street, Civic Center;
February 26, 2018, Planning Commission public hearing starting at 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers, 500 East Third Street, Civic Center;
March 20, 2018, City Council regular meeting to consider an ordinance on first reading setting a public hearing date for April 17, 2018 to consider adoption of the UDC;
April 17, 2018, City Council regular meeting to consider an ordinance on second reading to adopt the UDC.
What is the Development Codes Update Project?
The City of Loveland has initiated a significant project to update, modernize and combine the City’s Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning codes into a Unified Development Code. The goal of the update project is to establish development standards to achieve City Council policies set forth in the recently adopted Loveland Comprehensive Plan (Create Loveland) and the 287 Strategic Plan.
The City has hired Todd Messenger, a land use attorney with the Denver firm Fairfield and Woods, as the prime consultant for developing the Unified Development Code. Todd brings sixteen years of experience in planning and land use law – nine as a planning law and real estate attorney and seven as the Development Code Practice Leader for a national planning and plan implementation firm. Todd has worked on more than two dozen code projects in twelve states. He was the principal draftsperson and project manager for four award-winning land development codes and three award-winning comprehensive and special areas plans.
What is the Process?
The process for reforming Loveland’s development codes includes an extensive outreach program, consisting of three working committees and regular distributions of information to an e-mail list of more than 260 individuals and organizations representing the “Development Community” and other citizens interested in development in Loveland. The three working committees are:
- Title 18 Committee, consisting of two City Council members, two Planning Commission members and two private sector developers.
- Stakeholder Committee, consisting of sixteen members representing the development community.
- Technical Committee, consisting of thirteen members of the City’s Development Review Team.
What is the Project's Scope?
The project scope describes the purpose, key goals, process and six specific tasks for completion of the update project by the end of 2017. New code provisions developed in Task 2, 3, 4, and 5 will be put on hold as final working drafts, and then incorporated into the a new unified development code as part or Task 6 – General Modernization. The existing provisions in the subdivision, annexation, and zoning titles that are not being revised in Tasks 2, 3, 4, and 5 will be integrated into a new unified development code in Task 6. Click here for the Scope of Work.
Task 1 - Code Assessment: On August 26, 2016, Todd Messenger submitted a comprehensive assessment of Loveland’s three development codes, identifying code reforms necessary to accomplish the key goals of the update project. Click here for the Strategic Assessment.
Task 2 - Simplified Procedures: At a public hearing on February 27, 2017, the Loveland Planning Commission approved the final working draft for new Development Review Procedure. The new procedures will:
- Create three new review procedures (Limited Use, Adaptable Use, and Conditional Use) to replace the current Special Review process. These new procedures will allow more options for designating the level of review required for each land use in each zoning district.
- Minimize the cost to applicants of preparing and revising development applications until the granting of all discretionary decisions. Two new application types (Sketch Subdivision Plat and Sketch Site Development Plan) would allow applicants to obtain discretionary approvals, including resolution of any appeal, prior to incurring the expense of preparing public improvement construction drawings.
- Provide for effective citizen participation in all discretionary decisions. All development applications requiring a discretionary decision are preceded by a neighborhood meeting. Property owners receiving notice of the neighborhood meeting and the applicant would have standing to appeal the decision to the Planning Commission.
Development of the new review procedures included review at an open house on November 14, 2016 and review by the Technical Committee, Stakeholder Committee, Title 18 Committee (6 meetings), Planning Commission (2 study sessions and 2 public hearings), and City Council at a study session on December 13, 2017, To review the new Development Review Procedures click here.
Task 3 - Infill and Corridor Development Standards: At a public hearing on May 8, 2017, the Loveland Planning Commission approved the final working draft for Enhanced Corridor Overlay Standards. The overlay standards encourage infill development in existing neighborhoods and redevelopment and business reinvestment along Loveland’s highway corridors. The overlay standards increase development options, expand the building envelope available for development and increase allowable building height on properties along highway corridors. Also at the May 8 public hearing, the Planning Commission approved the final working draft of a Housing Palette. The Housing Palette provides an opportunity for a broader range of housing types in Loveland, along with standards to ensure compatibility with existing neighborhoods
Development of the Enhanced Corridor Overlay Standards and Housing Palette included review at an open house on March 13, 2017 and review by the Technical Committee, Stakeholder Committee, Title 18 Committee (6 meetings), Planning Commission (2 study sessions and 2 public hearings), and City Council at a study session on April 11, 2017. Click here to view the Infill and Corridor Development Standard and Housing Palette.
Task 4 – New Residential Districts (Complete Neighborhoods): At a public hearing on July 24, 2017, the Planning Commission approved the final working draft of standards to encourage the development of Complete Neighborhoods in Loveland. These new development standards would encourage the development of mixed-use residential neighborhoods, including a variety of housing types and densities at a variety of price points. A Complete Neighborhood may also include prominently sited civic or community buildings, public open spaces, and neighborhood activity centers including stores, offices, entertainment, and services. Schools and other public facilities may also be included in a Complete Neighborhood. Complete neighborhoods provide a balanced mix of activities in close proximity to each other and have a recognizable center (or centers). The community includes clearly defined edges to ensure compatibility with adjacent land uses and streets, sidewalks, and pathways give pedestrian and bicyclist at least equal status as the automobile.
The standards for Complete Neighborhoods were reviewed at an open house on May 8, 2017 and by the Technical Committee, Stakeholder Committee, Title 18 Committee (4 meetings), Planning Commission (4 study sessions and a public hearing), and City Council at a study session on July 11, 2017. To review the standards for Complete Neighborhoods, click here.
Task 5 - Development Standards: Work on this task is still in the development phase. New development standards are being developed to avoid or mitigate adverse land use impacts on properties in the neighborhood affected by new development. These new standards will allow more land uses to be approved at the administrative level, instead of through the current Special Review process. Tables referred to as “land use tables” will designated the approval procedure for each land use in each zoning district, depending on the degree to which the new development standards are determined to adequately mitigate external impacts.
Working drafts of the new development standards were reviewed at an open house on August 28, 2017 and by the Technical Committee, Stakeholder Committee, Title 18 Committee (5 meetings), Planning Commission (7 study sessions and a public hearing), and City Council at a study session on September 19, 2017. The new standards will be available for review on this web page by the end of October 2017.
Task 6 - General Modernization: This task will merge the draft code sections completed in previous Tasks 2 through 5 and make all other existing code provisions internally consistent for inclusion in the UDC. Completion of this task is anticipated by early January 2018.
This page will be updated as the code update project proceeds.
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