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|Anti-Sprawl Initiative Shows Early Support
Denver - The anti-sprawl initiative sponsored by a coalition of environmental groups is supported by 71 percent of voters, according to an early July metro Denver poll (43% "definite support" and 28% "somewhat support").
If the election were held today this initiative would likely receive about 60 percent approval based on its level of "definite support" and the likelihood that slightly more than half of those who claim "somewhat support" would vote "yes."
In a March statewide survey, the initiative garnered 75 percent support. Of that, its "definite support" level was 8 percent higher than in July (51% "definite support" and 24% "somewhat support"). Depending on the wording of their ballot language, initiatives often begin with a high level of support. The anti-sprawl initiative may be losing some ground due to early opposition from many local governments, newspapers and the business community.
The survey was conducted June 30 to July 7, 2000, with 502 registered voters in the six-county Denver metro area. The survey was conducted by Ciruli Associates for publication on the Web page www.ciruli.com.
The initiative, which is a constitutional amendment, requires cities and counties of a certain size to develop "growth area maps," submit plans for public vote and provide certain information about growth plan impacts.
Growing Too Fast
Colorado voters have been concerned about growth since mid-decade. When asked if the state is growing too fast, about right or not fast enough, large majorities say "too fast."
While nearly everyone has some concern about growth, there are differences in the intensity of concern. Denver suburbs such as Douglas County are among the most concerned; Pueblo is among the least (35%), although concern in Pueblo has increased over the last five years (up from 9%).
Reasons For Support
Question: Require cities and counties to establish growth boundaries that would be approved by local voters.
Although the initiative begins with substantial support it will face a gauntlet of fierce opposition. City and county leadership is nearly united in opposition, as is most of the state's business community, especially those involved in real estate. Early indications suggest most of the state's editorial pages will also oppose. The primary arguments of the opposition are:
Both sides in this contest will be organized, but opponents have made clear they will spend several million dollars to convince voters the initiative is a mistake.