A Community-Led Process to Create a Master Plan for Loveland, Ohio
proposed by Steve Smith,
LCHPAC voting stakeholder & resident
What is the proposal?
Loveland Community Heartbeat advocates for resident engagement. And because we know that each neighborhood is different, with different needs, we want to establish a permanent mechanism that will bring residents to the table to represent our diverse neighborhoods. For that purpose, we propose that residents of Loveland work together to develop a community-led master plan that engages each neighborhood.
The following proposition, objectives, core principles, and essential structures will provide residents with the materials to share with neighbors and to discuss with the city manager and our elected City Council members. Take a look here at the foundations:
Loveland Community Heartbeat proposes that the City of Loveland establish a community-led process to create a Master Plan. This resident-driven, Loveland “Master Plan” will replace, in total, the irrelevant 2011 master plan.
The Loveland “Master Plan” will achieve the following objectives:
- A resident-driven and sanctioned plan to increase livability and economic vibrancy
- Expand tax revenues while enhancing and protecting Loveland’s unique history and architectural heritage
- Protect and expand open space
- Engage the creativity and expertise of the citizens of Loveland
- Benefit from outside resources in planning and the built environment
- Create a truly innovative vision to make Loveland a showcase for the region, the country, and the world
To be legitimate and accepted, a community-led process must follow these core principles:
- The community has ownership of and runs the process.
- All Loveland neighborhoods and economic groups are fully represented: Everyone has a seat at the table.
- Decisions are made by consensus. City council and the community-led structure must agree to proceed. If they do not, then they must return to discussions.
- In the case where the community-led process and the city council cannot reach agreement, the issue goes automatically to public referendum and the committee of the whole decides.
Any of these elements are frequently used and would be appropriate:
- Neighborhood Roundtables – to ensure full representation
- Technical Advisory Committees – capacity building
- Management and Economic Advisory Committees – capacity building and resource mobilization
- Council of Sages – general advice, historical perspective, and conflict resolution
- Steering Committee – brings together input, facilitates, an avenue for communication
Want to Learn More?
- See Steve Smith making this proposition for Loveland residents to City Council.
- Download a print version to your computer.
- Contact Steve Smith directly with your thoughts or questions.
Love it? Help Make it Happen for Loveland Residents
How can you help make this happen for Loveland? Email or call all of your City Council members. Let them know that you’re in support of a resident-led master plan, as proposed by Steve Smith, and tell them why you support the plan. Ask them for a meeting to sit down and talk with residents about how we can be involved in the shaping of our city’s future.
Consider becoming a stakeholder of Loveland Community Heartbeat Political Action Committee as we advocate for genuine resident engagement as an integral component of Loveland city administration.
Steve Smith is currently an independent consultant and has worked in architecture and governance internationally and in the U.S. He is a trained physicist and mathematician. He is in the “Builds Environment” doing the re-refurbishment of Chevron’s headquarters in San Francisco. He has provided advice, field analysis, and conducted peace building throughout Africa for fifteen years. Clients have included numerous international NGOs, the United Nations, US government, and private foundations. In 2014, he facilitated support to Great Lakes peace process among UN system across six countries – DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. Built strong working relationships among government stakeholders, UN heads of agencies and technical staff, donors, and non-governmental organizations. He has developed plans for economic renewable, peace building, and creating resilient communities.
Paid for by Loveland Community Heartbeat Political Action Committee (LCHPAC). LCHPAC is a resident-stakeholder organization. Contributions are not tax deductible for tax filing purposes.