Lake­wood mayor right to op­pose ini­tia­tive that would limit growth

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Steven Katich, Cassie Tan­ner,

“Lake­wood vot­ers should re­ject anti-growth mea­sure,” Aug. 8 guest com­men­tary.

Bravo to Mayor Adam Paul of Lake­wood! As a Lake­wood res­i­dent, the is­sues sur­round­ing growth in our com­mu­nity have, I feel, be­come so po­lar­ized that no mat­ter how much one tries to bring nu­ance and rea­son to the con­ver­sa­tion, a per­son is ac­cused of either be­ing “in the pocket of de­vel­op­ers” or be­ing “100 per­cent anti-growth.” Thank­fully, our mayor is nei­ther.

Mayor Paul is right in strongly op­pos­ing the pro­posed 1 per­cent growth lim­i­ta­tion ini­tia­tive. If passed, it would dra­mat­i­cally harm our com­mu­nity a num­ber of ways, mak­ing it fi­nan­cially im­pos­si­ble for all but the wealth­i­est to af­ford to live in our com­mu­nity. It would also send a ter­ri­ble mes­sages to small busi­ness own­ers that their ef­forts would be wiser spent al­most any­where in­stead of Lake­wood.

A thought­ful con­ver­sa­tion about growth is what we need, not a crude “one size fits all” mea­sure that would stop progress in its tracks. ●●● Lake­wood Mayor Adam Paul’s piece crit­i­ciz­ing the anti-growth or­di­nance in Lake­wood was 100 per­cent true.

A com­pli­cated, 4,800-word or­di­nance will have un­in­tended con­se­quences in the ex­treme. Only power bro­kers with lawyers and lob­by­ists will be able to win per­mits from the city.

I’m sure the sup­port­ers had good mo­tives, but some­thing this long and this con­fus­ing that gives so much new power to politi­cians sim­ply can’t be good.

I’m with the mayor. No way to no growth in Lake­wood.

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