After an extensive planning and review process, the 2022 Comprehensive Master Plan for the City of Loveland was adopted by City Council in late July. This is a guiding policy document for the city for the next 10 years. The plan covers four themes: Community Character, Business Prosperity, Neighborhood Protection & Natural Resource Preservation. City Council already took action to implement a portion of the plan by approving a contract to conduct survey work along the Loveland-Madeira Road Corridor to make proposed improvements.
The parking lot at the East Loveland Nature Preserve will be closed for maintenance Aug. 20-21. The lot will be reopened Aug. 22. These dates are weather dependent. Maintenance includes blacktop resurfacing and repainting.
Potential Second Bridge?
The city is exploring a regional traffic study to relieve congestion at the West Loveland Avenue Bridge and through downtown. Per ODOT, approx. 10,000 vehicles travel West Loveland Avenue through downtown daily. This potential study would help determine the true traffic patterns of Loveland and our neighboring communities — where are drivers are coming from and where they are traveling? — and then offer solutions, such as if building a second bridge across the Little Miami River is feasible.
In late July, City Council annexed approximately 100 acres of property owned by the Clermont County Park District into the city’s corporation limits. The annexed property is bounded to the north by O’Bannonville Road and to the south by State Route 48. With this action, Council increased the city’s total park space from 157 acres to 257 acres! Final design of the new park is still underway.
Chief Michael Gabrielson began his career with the city on Aug. 1. He was formerly the Assistant Chief of Police with the Kettering Police Department, where he began as a patrolman in 1993. Gabrielson brings more than 28 years of experience as a certified peace officer in the State of Ohio and more than 20 years as a law enforcement instructor to his new role. Welcome, Chief!
Sue Madsen, who has served as the city’s Safety Director since April when former chief Sean Rahe retired, will assist with Gabrielson’s onboarding.
The city also welcomes a new Assistant Finance Director, Charles Bastin. Both Gabrielson and Bastin were sworn into office at the Aug. 9 City Council meeting.
Homearama Begins Sept. 3
The 59th HOMEARAMA® comes to the City of Loveland Sept. 3-18. Tour six fully decorated and landscaped luxury homes in ChimneyRidge. Check out these admission specials:
Hometown Heroes' Day: Veterans, first responders, military personnel, healthcare workers and teachers can purchase a half-price ticket on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Loveland Residents' Day: City residents will receive $3 off admission at the gate on Friday, Sept. 9. City staff, police, and fire will be there to say hello with fun giveaways!
The annual One Stop Drop is expanding! This free event for city residents will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 from 1-4 p.m. This provides an easy way to get rid of reusable/recyclable items that may be sitting around your house. This year it will be held at two sites, and additional items will be accepted. Please read the list of acceptable items.
Chestnut Street Property Remediation: A Preliminary Jurisdictional Determination Application (PJDA) required by the Army Corps of Engineers has been filed. This document ultimately authorizes excavation and clearing activities on the site to commence. Learn more.
Public Works Facility: Interior work continues with door and electric installation. The facility is on track for its Fall 2022 completion. Click here for more info.
Safety Center Parking Lot Expansion: Paving took place in early August.
2022 Road Program: Road repair/paving continues. The streets (or sections of streets) that will be included are posted here. Residents may see temporary lane or parking restrictions posted. Work will continue through September.
Downtown Loveland is now home to two free lending libraries along the Bike Trail! The lastest has been installed by Love Our Land and features nature/environment-themed reading material for all ages. Borrow (or keep...or add) a book! READ MORE