Loveland Reporter-Herald

Council to consider more opioid funds

Second vote on north Loveland zoning change also slated for Tuesday’s meeting

- By Jocelyn Rowley jrowley@ prairiemou­

The city of Loveland is eligible to receive another six-figure payout, after five additional opioid manufactur­ers and distributo­rs agreed to settle with state and local government­s in a nationwide class action lawsuit. On Tuesday, Loveland City Council will vote on whether to participat­e in settlement agreements with the new defendants in exchange for releasing future claims against them.

Council voted to participat­e in the initial settlement in November 2021. In that agreement, the state of Colorado will receive approximat­ely $400 million from drug distributo­rs Johnson & Johnson, Amerisourc­ebergen, Cardinal Health and Mckesson over a period of 18 years.

The state will in turn distribute 60% of that money to county and municipal government­s organized into 19 regions. Larimer

County and its municipali­ties comprise region 2, and are slated to receive a total payout approachin­g $15 million. About $1 million of that will be coming to Loveland, starting with a $106,000 payment received earlier this year.

Participat­ing in the new agreements could add $11.4 million to Larimer County’s share of that yearly total, of which $759,958 is Loveland’s. If City Council declines to sign the agreements, Loveland will retain the right to sue these defendants in future opioid litigation.

In other business, City Council will take a second vote on a proposed zoning change that could bring up to 405 new housing units to the Green Valley Ranch addition in northwest Loveland. On Feb. 21, City Council voted 7 to 2 to approve the move, but strongly

suggested revisions to the plans related to vehicle access and wildfire mitigation before final approval.

The 89-acre Green Valley Ranch property lies east of North Wilson Avenue between West 50th and 57th streets. It was originally part of a 154acre parcel annexed by the city in 2002 for a mixed-use developmen­t that never materializ­ed.

In 2013, Loveland Parks and Recreation purchased approximat­ely 60 acres of the property for use as a future regional park. The property owner is now hoping to turn the remainder into a residentia­l developmen­t, but first needs an update to the parcel’s zoning document.

City planners and the Green Valley Ranch developmen­t team will be back before council on Tuesday to address concerns voiced by council and neighbors during the first vote. They will be presenting an updated traffic count for major roads surroundin­g the property and additional analysis of their proposed access configurat­ion.

In response to concerns about wildfire mitigation, the developer has also agreed to drop its request for a modificati­on to setback requiremen­ts that would allow it to build housing units closer together. The team will also discuss additional fire protection measures that will be implemente­d for the new developmen­t.

How to participat­e

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at the Municipal Building, 500 E. Third St.

Comments from members of the public will be accepted in person as well as over Zoom.

Those wishing to join by Zoom can use the ID 975 3779 6504 with a passcode of 829866, according to the meeting agenda.

The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 16/880, Pulse TV channel 16 and streamed through the city’s website at

Tuesday’s agenda packet can be found through the Loveland City Council’s website at or at ciloveland­

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