Taking Back Our Community
Special Election to Implement a Smart Growth Plan – Question 200
Vote YES FOR 200 –
YES 200 FOR Slower Growth
The Background –
In 2013, City Council loosened up the rules managing growth. The intent was to encourage developers to engage in unlimited apartment growth:
(1) The new rules removed the previous residential density limits – now developers can basically cram in as many units as they can manage to fit in the space.
(2) Allowed the conversion of commercial properties into more dense, multi-family housing (apartments)
The Resultant Problems – Overcrowding & Destruction
(1) There has been an explosion of apartment construction.
(2) The population explosion is destroying Lakewood’s special suburban way of life, threatening to turn us into another Denver. An incomplete listing of the problems cropping up includes:
(a) Traffic – backups and delays are becoming common all hours of the day. Major intersections are near failure.
(b) Loss of open areas – the remaining undeveloped areas of Lakewood, like Rooney Valley (designated as a “growth area” in the city’s plans), are slated to be built over with more apartments.
(c.) The dramatic increase in population and traffic is threatening our natural environment.
(d) The flood of newcomers are using more of our scarce resources like water. Conservation efforts on the part of current residents CAN NOT OFFSET the shear volume of new users. When droughts come in the future, all users (current and newcomers) will be equally impacted.
(e) Crime – despite having the state’s best police force public safety continues to decline. According to Channel 9, Safewise’s ranking of Colorado cities now rates Lakewood #61 out of the 64 cities they ranked. The only three Colorado cities with a worst public safety ranking were Denver, Sheridan and Pueblo. Even Aurora had a better ranking than Lakewood.