JOHNSTOWN — A future 1,600-home subdivision, the new rehabilitation hospital and Johnson’s Corner are all in Johnstown. But they have Loveland addresses.
“We’ve had so much growth out there,” said Gary Dill, growth coordinator for the Loveland post office. “The municipal boundaries set by the city are different from the delivery boundaries set by the Postal Service.”
About 10 years ago, officials with Address Management Systems, a national organization, set the ZIP code boundaries for the entire country, he said. Loveland’s 80537 service area extends east to Weld County Road 3 and south along Interstate 25 past Johnson’s Corner, Dill said.
The service area dictates what ZIP code an address will have.
To alleviate address confusion, the post office would like to change the boundaries before the Thompson River Ranch subdivision, a 600-acre development south of U.S. Highway 34 and east of I-25, is built, Dill said.
But the national address-management organization has to rework the boundaries first, he noted.
Brent Todd, a specialist with Address Management Systems for this area, said it’s too hard to change post office boundaries each time municipal boundaries change.
“Hopefully, when the dust settles, we’ll be able to look at those boundaries again,” Todd said. “It causes a lot of headaches for customers.”
A lot of small towns, especially along the Interstate 25 corridor, have overlapping ZIP code boundaries with other municipalities as they annex, he said. For instance, some addresses in west Windsor have Fort Collins addresses.
But Address Management Systems officials set those boundaries before they knew where municipalities would grow, Todd said.
“We realize this is a big issue, but we don’t want to change it four or five times,” he said.
Chauncey Taylor, owner of Johnson’s Corner, said there hasn’t been much confusion or lost mail due to having a business in Johnstown with a Loveland mailing address.
Some Johnstown residents, however, have had concerns with the arrangement because they want the town to be associated with the world-famous truck stop, he said.
“But most people think of us as not really anywhere but Johnson’s Corner,” Taylor said. “People for a long time thought we were our own municipality.”