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Voters Face Anti-Growth Proposals On Ballots

November 7, 2000

Hundreds of proposals aimed at slowing the pace of subdivision, shopping mall and other suburban development are on local ballots across the nation this Election Day. Supporters of the measures hope to implement moratoriums on building permits or use other tactics to halt growth.

  • There are at least 33 growth-related initiatives appearing on statewide ballots this year.
  • Measures in Arizona and Colorado are receiving most of the attention, and as recently as September, polls showed the measures enjoyed strong voter support -- but following a campaign against the initiatives by business groups, polls show most voters now oppose them.
  • Both proposals would require many towns to create growth boundaries approved by voters -- sharply limiting growth outside the boundaries, which could not be altered without further voter approval.

Businesses warn that the proposals would drive up construction costs and make it harder for employees to find reasonably-priced housing.

Housing advocacy groups such as Habitat for Humanity -- which are already having trouble coping with rising land costs -- fear that the measures would further worsen shortages of cheaper housing.

Source: Richard A. Oppel Jr., "State Proposals Will Decide the Pace of Construction," New York Times, November 7, 2000.


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