Paid for by Our Lakewood - Trish Merkel, Treasurer

Copyright 2018

QUESTION 200 IS BAD FOR LAKEWOOD

Question 200 creates more traffic.

By encouraging sprawl development, Question 200 would lead to more traffic by necessitating the use of the automobile for transportation.   

 

Question 200 got on the ballot through a paid petition drive.

Question 200 was placed on the ballot through a paid petition drive paid for by undisclosed funders. 6,192 signatures were collected by the paid signature gatherers.

Question 200 was drafted with no input from stakeholders.

A sole drafter created this initiative with zero input from stakeholders.  Alternatively, the City’s Comprehensive Plan included hundreds of participants, hundreds of volunteer hours, and 2 years of community engagement.  Question 200 was drafted without input from environmentalists, local businesses, neighborhood organizations, or schools. That is bad public policy.

Question 200 is based on an outdated version of Golden’s policy.

According to the sole petition drafter, Question 200 is based on Golden's policy. However, Golden made updates to the policy in 2012 because of unintended consequences that worked against their community values. Unintended consequences included encouraging sprawl rather than walkable, sustainable communities and inability to take advantage of opportunities around light rail.

 

Golden passed multiple updates to address the known issues with the growth cap.  Question 200 encourage sprawls and unnecessary red tape instead of including Golden’s updates to fix known issues. Why are we voting on something that caused problems for our neighbors? This is bad public policy.

 

Question 200 has no sunset clause.

Unlike housing policies in the City of Lakewood that are updated with community every ten years, and based on community values, changing economy, changing demands, this restrictive policy has no sunset clause,  lookback, or flexibility to address down economies or changing needs.

 

Question 200 harms the local economy.

With the great recession just 10 years in the rear-view mirror and economists forecasting another potential downturn in an ever cyclical housing economy, these restrictions will hamstring our community with red tape while doing nothing to address traffic, quality, and open space.

 

Question 200 stunts redevelopment efforts.

Hundreds in the Lakewood community have invested countless hours in redevelopment Colfax, an area that not long ago was considered “the longest baddest road in America,” and is now winning awards for its ArtLine.  

 

Question 200 creates an unfriendly environment to small and local businesses with a convoluted bureaucratic system that shuns investment, new jobs, and impacts workforce retention and recruitment effort. Put simply, it will drive investment to other cities or unincorporated Jeffco with a more predictable and fair system.  

 

Question 200 increases growth pressures on Dino Ridge and Rooney Valley.

There are significant housing demands in the Denver Metro area.  Blocking responsible growth along light rail will increase pressure in unincorporated Jefferson County, which will not be subject to the growth cap. This could lead to massive, high density development in the area surrounding Dino Ridge, and much of the Rooney Valley, both in unincorporated Jefferson County and have extensive property rights.