Loveland’s council to study extension of Patio Program, draft capital project plan – The Denver Post

Loveland’s City Council on Tuesday will review options for extending the city’s Patio Program, which was introduced in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to support socially distanced outdoor dining.

Council members approved the program in June 2020, allowing 28 businesses to date to expand their operations onto nearby sidewalks and 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 later asked staffers to research what it would take to amend the city code to make permanent the changes brought about by the Patio Program.

While most businesses and members of the public who responded to an April 2021 city survey had a positive view of the program, they split on the matter of whether the program should be year-round or seasonal, with about 54.5% of merchants and 55.3% other respondents saying they would support it being reintroduced on a seasonal basis.

Staffers raised a variety of concerns in their presentation about modifying the city’s code, and instead recommend either an extension of the local disaster declaration, which would maintain the program at least through the summer; use of the special events permitting system, through which businesses could apply to use their Patio Program space during the warm months or special events; or by issuing another survey to gauge interest in a permanent program.

The council will also evaluate the city’s draft 2022-31 Capital Improvement Program. The first year of the 10-year, approximately $791.5 million plan will eventually be voted on as part of the 2022 budget. Funding sources include the general fund, various city funds and outside funding sources such as grants.

Feedback offered by the council on Tuesday will be reflected in the draft of the Financial Master Plan, which will be presented in draft form at a later date.

Council members will have the opportunity to evaluate the project list and decide whether to add, remove or change any projects on Tuesday.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 16 and streamed through the city’s website at Tuesday’s agenda packet can be viewed and printed at

City Hall is located at 500 E. Third St.

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