Loveland: Another DDA Vote This Fall

After the 2016 election and the failure of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) mill levy tax increase ballot question, the DDA Board and staff conducted a review and surveyed voters within the District. They concluded that one reason the ballot question failed to pass was because residential property owners within the DDA could see noContinue reading “Loveland: Another DDA Vote This Fall”

Loveland: Tax Crusader Plans Initiative

Larry Sarner, who unsuccessfully challenged the City of Loveland regarding the constitutionality of creating and taxing the Downtown Development Authority, announced his intent to gather signatures for a ballot initiative to reform sales tax policies. Although he did not provide details, Sarner told the City Council the initiative would eliminate the sales tax on foodContinue reading “Loveland: Tax Crusader Plans Initiative”

Fort Collins: Voters Will Consider De-Brucing (Again)

TABOR (the Taxpayer Bill of Rights), is complicated – very complicated – and the resulting challenges are endless. Fort Collins voters gave the City the authority to “de-Bruce,” or keep additional revenues, in 1997. In 2010 voters approved a .85 percent sales and use tax called Keeping Fort Collins Great (KFCG) in 2010. The taxContinue reading “Fort Collins: Voters Will Consider De-Brucing (Again)”

Loveland: Council Approves DDA Development Plan

The City of Loveland took another step towards creating a Downtown Development Authority, approving a resolution approving the DDA’s development plan. The development plan includes a conceptual list of projects, including a plaza at 5th and Lincoln and “quiet zone” railroad crossings at 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th streets. In November voters within the DDA boundaryContinue reading “Loveland: Council Approves DDA Development Plan”

Loveland: REALTOR Appointed to DDA Board

Sharon Cook, a REALTOR with C3 Real Estate Solutions on E. 4th Street, was appointed by the Loveland City Council as a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board member. The DDA was approved by voters in a special election earlier this year. It is a public-private partnership  intended to encourage development and redevelopment in the downtownContinue reading “Loveland: REALTOR Appointed to DDA Board”

Loveland: Comp Plan Taking Shape

Recently staff provided an update for the City Council on the revisions to the comprehensive plan known as Create Loveland. The plan focuses on nine key elements, including a downtown renaissance, revitalizing older neighborhoods, existing urban centers, corridors and gateways, and transit and transportation. Each element has an array of “supporting strategies” to implement eachContinue reading “Loveland: Comp Plan Taking Shape”

Loveland: Downtown Working Group Unveils Vision

A group of business leaders presented its strategic plan for downtown Loveland to the City Council on August 12. The 17-member group, brought together by Economic Development Director Betsey Hale, includes Mindy McCloughin, Loveland Chamber CEO, former mayor Gene Pielin, developer Troy Peterson and Harry Devereux of Home State Bank. The group hopes to createContinue reading “Loveland: Downtown Working Group Unveils Vision”

Council Gets “Creative”

On Jan. 17 the City Council passed a resolution to form a creative district encompassing both the Downtown Development Authority and the University district. A creative district is not a zoning designation; instead its purpose to attract creative entrepreneurs and showcase organizations and businesses involved in the arts and culture. In addition, the appellation willContinue reading “Council Gets “Creative””