The Town Comprehensive Plan calls for the creation of various plans for specific areas and for improvements to public infrastructure including the Town transportation network and public utilities. Links to, and information about, these separate planning documents can be accessed below.
Town Square Master Plan
The Town began undertaking a study and plan for the Lovettsville Town Square Planning Area in early 2017 in accordance with the policies of the Comprehensive Plan (amended in 2017). The purpose of the plan was to create a Master Plan, including illustrative plans, for the center of Town based on an analysis of this area as a whole, including pedestrian and vehicle routes through Lovettsville’s “Squirkle” and potential improvements to the Town Square Park to improve its functional relationship to future uses of land surrounding it (including the Lovettsville Town Center (LTC) Phases 2 and 3). Public participation in this planning process was achieved by distribution of a public opinion survey to Town residents in November of 2017. The survey was also available online for participation by all interested citizens.
- A combination of development scenarios featuring Option 2A (for the Lovettsville Town Center Phase 2 Area) and Option 3A (for the Lovettsville Town Center Phase 3 Area). Option 3A was the most popular of the three scenarios (39% favored it), which differed from Option 1 only in terms of proposing a smaller-footprint, retail building on LTC Phase 3. Option 2A was preferred by the Town for LTC Phase 2 because it was most in keeping with the “new downtown” concept the Lovettsville Town Center project was originally intended (and designed) to represent; it also locates the new commercial buildings farthest from existing residences. This preferred concept features no drive-thru facility for either area in accordance with the results of the survey;
- With respect to the Town Square Park, the Town implemented the public’s preferred approach that “less is more” with respect to adding amenities to the park. Only outdoor seating and a performance area/shade structure achieved more than 50% support from respondents. The final plan includes permanent outdoor seating across from existing and proposed restaurants in the Lovettsville Square Shopping Center, a small, raised circular stage for street performers, and permanent metal fencing to enclose the park for the safety of the public.
- The plan recommends eliminating the two “free rights” where the Town Square meets North and South Berlin Pike. These are the dedicated right-turn ramps that allow north- and south-bound traffic to yield only (not stop) while traveling on Route 287 through the northwest and southeast corners of the “Squirkle.” The purpose of this recommendation is to further slow traffic on Route 287, making it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to navigate these areas.
The Overall Concept Plan and Town Square Master Plan Report were approved in May of 2018 by the Town Council and can be accessed by following the links below. By establishing its preferred “master plan” for the Lovettsville Town Square and surrounding properties, the Town of Lovettsville seeks to ensure that any future plans submitted by property owners or developers for site development in the center of town substantially conform to the goals and recommendations of the adopted plan.
Town-Wide Transportation Plan
More information about the Town’s Transportation Plan currently under development will be posted soon. Revisit this page for updates.