In January of 2012, the Loveland City Council held their annual Council Advance to set the priorities for the year. One of the goals the Council set as a priority was to develop a US 287 Strategic Plan to guide its development and improve business opportunities along the Corridor. This goal was again adopted as a priority by City Council in 2013 and their commitment was reaffirmed with the subsequent funding for the project.
As the main north-south route through Loveland, and one of the main corridors into Downtown, the US 287 Corridor will serve as an important future growth area and has great potential for redevelopment and becoming an enhanced gateway for Loveland. This Plan serves as a guide for residents, property and business owners, developers, City staff, and elected officials in making good land use, design, and development decisions within the Corridor.
A key outcome of this Plan is an understanding of, and strategies that address, the Corridor’s competitive business position, and the type and combination of supportable retail, office, residential, and industrial space that can be retained and attracted to the Corridor. The Plan also identifies impediments associated with development and creates strategies to facilitate redevelopment, attract private investment, and create a positive image through well designed streetscapes and high-quality development.
The purpose and overall goal of this Strategic Plan is to identify strategies and projects that will enhance the area’s appeal to businesses and leverage new public and private investments to spur additional economic opportunity within and adjacent to the Corridor, as well as associated redevelopment opportunities. This Plan outlines new initiatives consistent with City Council’s guidance to redevelop, improve, and sustain this area, which has long been associated with primarily highway-oriented commercial uses. These initiatives focus on the best means of upgrading, improving, repositioning, and attracting new investment, including catalytic projects that could transform the Corridor into a regional destination. One of these projects encompasses redeveloping the commercial node surrounding 29th Street into a pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use shopping and entertainment district. Another project focuses on enhancing the Big Thompson River where it crosses US 287, creating new opportunities for river-oriented shops, restaurants and recreation.
The planning effort was designed as a community-based initiative, and focuses on those actions that best strengthen the Corridor’s economic position, ultimately offering an overall vision and associated action items. The Purpose, Need, Vision, Economic Strategies, Actions, and Sub-Actions have been developed and refined through a 12-month public participation process.