Presented at the League of Women Voters Debate

Current policies cause over-development.
Recent changes to the zoning code removed long-standing density limits, leading to overcrowding and putting pressure on our already failing infrastructure including streets, traffic, parking, public safety, open space and flood control.

Current policy limits availability of housing stock.
The over-development of high-end market rate apartments limits the availability of other types of housing stocks. This skewed inventory fails to meet the demand for ownership opportunities and provides little or no affordable housing

Current policy increases our tax burden.
More people will require more public services. Residences do not generate enough revenue to cover these additional costs. Therefore, we will have to either increase taxes or decrease services. Lakewood risks falling prey to the same problem facing Jefferson County which is experiencing steep budget cuts and threats to publicly provided services, including a $6.7 million hit in the public safety budget, which County officials attribute to the explosive growth in housing units.

Current policy hurts the economy.
Employment opportunities and tax paying businesses, including restaurants, office space, grocery stores, entertainment venues and other amenities, are being replaced by large blocks of apartments.

Current policy encourages Urban Sprawl.
By encouraging only multifamily residences around light rail stations, we diminish the ability of our diverse community to access public transportation. Lakewood residents who want ownership opportunities of single family homes, condos and townhomes are being pushed away from public transportation, making traffic on major arteries even worse.

Current policy raises rents.
Economists say our current policy that favors large multifamily projects increases the price not only of market rate apartments but brings up prices for existing affordable and attainable units.

Current policy hurts the health, safety and welfare of our community.
Developers manipulate our land use regulations to minimize the open space required for multifamily use. The current policy of administrative approval of large residential projects avoids accountability to the community.

Current policy doesn’t provide enough affordable, attainable and workforce housing.
Current practice fails to ensure the addition of affordable and attainable housing.

Question 200 requires city council to decide such projects and gives a mechanism for spreading affordable housing throughout the city.

Current policy hurts sustainability.
The trend of paving over nature “could lead to potentially overwhelming increases in storm-water runoff, and is causing worsening heat-wave impacts and likely hurting residents’ physical and mental health” - Denver Post 1/2019

Current policy hurts neighborhoods.
“The explosive population growth has caused a wide-scale epidemic in affordable housing, in traffic jams, and in the overall ‘sense of place’ in the metro area” – Gary Wockner, Ph.D., environmental activist in Colorado

Current policy creates a supply that doesn’t meet demand.
Developers currently build out their sites in whatever they find to be the most profitable. Studies show the greatest demand is for the single family ownership opportunity, including condos and townhomes, but instead we have overdevelopment of luxury apartment units.

200 restores neighborhood voice.
Developers currently build their sites in whatever they find to be the most profitable without any regard for, or input from, the community. By having public hearings on large projects, we can ensure proper implementation of our City comprehensive and sustainability plans.

200 restores accountability.
By requiring City Council approval of projects of 40 units or larger we can ensure we have responsible, high quality growth, in the right places and preserves open spaces.

200 allows for responsible growth.
Prior to 2014, Lakewood’s historical growth rate was ½% but unintended consequences of zoning changes caused this number to jump to nearly 2%. Prior to 2014 it took 15 years to add 5,000 dwelling units. Since 2014 we have added nearly 5,000 units – 3 times the historic rate.

200 gives priority to the individual.
Ballot Question 200 guarantees at least one permit for every applicant, enabling automatic approval of single-family residences or accessary dwelling units.

200 will not increase taxes.
An increase in valuation does not mean an increase in taxes due to the effect of constitutional provisions (Gallagher amendment) limiting the rate of tax increase and political reluctance to increase the tax burden.

200 provides for affordable, attainable, workforce housing.
200 requires City Council to set aside permits for affordable and attainable housing and provides a mechanism for  spreading that housing around the city.

200 encourages mixed-use developments.
Many of the successful developments in Lakewood, such as Belmar and Colorado Mills, were done with PD zoning which requires the same public process and City Council approval that ballot question 200 requires.

200 does not apply to business and commercial properties.
The permit process only applies to residential project and would not have effected Colorado Mills or Belmar shopping areas.

200 is by and for Lakewood.
Opposition groups have amassed nearly $500,000 from special interest corporations. They are now using their vast resources to spread misinformation and scare tactics.