Lakewood voters will decide on an initiative aimed at controlling growth

Source: Denverite

Lakewood voters will decide this summer on an initiative aimed at controlling growth that proponents say will make the Denver suburb more livable and opponents say isn’t the right answer for concerns about traffic, affordable housing and preserving green space.
Carrie Makarewicz, an assistant professor in the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning, has studied anti-growth measures and what she sees as artificial caps on development.
The impact in Boulder, she said, has been a housing shortage that only exacerbates one of the main issues that irritate people who are seeing their cities grow.
Boulder has “terrible traffic because everyone has to commute in because they can’t afford or even find housing in Boulder,” she said.

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