Bill Owens (R)
for the amount of protected land in Colorado, and click here
to review Colorado's federal transportation spending.
Center on the States &
Changing Direction: Federal Transportation
Spending in the 1990s. Surface
Transportation Policy Project
Since the defeat of Amendment 24 in Colorado,
the Colorado Legislature has seen a flurry of activity related to growth
management. Two bills have emerged as the leading growth-management
bills. For a description of both, read this recent article in the
Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/leg/leg0211.htm
for Governor Bill Owens's 2001 State of the State address.
Overview: For an overview of Colorado's
planning and zoning statutes, see a summary provided by the American
Planning Association .
The Denver metropolitan area adopted Metro
Vision 2020 in March 1997 to address growth, traffic congestion
and loss of open space. Metro Vision 2020 has six key elements that
include an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and increased support for the region's
multi-modal transportation system. Currently, the UGB goal is 700 sq. miles,
with local governments submitting plans that would lead to urbanization
of 731 sq. miles. The UGB is voluntary and collaborative, local not
regional. For more information, check out Metro Vision 2020 at the
Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) website: http://www.drcog.org/reg_plan/metro.html
Contacts: Scott Woodard, Director of Policy,
(303) 480-6718 and Larry Mugler, Planning Director, (303) 480-6759, Denver
Regional Council of Governments, 2480 W. 26th Avenue, Ste 200B, Denver,
CO 80211-5580. (Tel.) 303/455-1000; Fax: 303/480-6790; www.DRCOG.ORG
Rev. Stat., 36-1-107.5 This incentive based growth management law directs
the state Land Board to establish a long-term stewardship trust of up to
300,000 acres of land. It authorizes the board to sell or lease conservation
easements on state trust lands. For more information on incentive-based
growth management laws go to the National Conference of State Legislators
website at http://www.ncsl.org/index.htm
In 1995, Governor Roy Romer began a Smart Growth
Initiative to address traffic congestion, to sprawl, and air and water
quality concerns in Colorado. Out of the Smart Growth Initiative has come
new partnerships among public officials, private sector leaders and the
environmental community aimed at curbing sprawl. See Colorado's
Smart Growth and Development Initiative for more information, including
the following reports: "Managing Colorado's Future: A Guide Book for Integrating
Land Use, Transportation and Air Quality Planning," and "Colorado Looks
at Growth Survey." Contact: Smart Growth Action Center at
(303) 866-2353, or write: 1313 Sherman Street, Room 323, Denver, CO 80203.
and Conquer," by Jeff Gersh, Amicus Journal, Fall 1996.
Check out the newly released (1999) video version of "Subdivide and Conquer"
by Jeff Gersh and Chelsea Congdon.
"Gutted sprawl bill is rebuilt," Denver
Post. April 4, 2001.
"A bicycle bill for two sides," The Denver Post.
March 14, 2001.
"Taxpayers' Money, Developers' Vision Help Denver
Downtown Prosper" Salt
Lake Tribune. March 7, 2001.
"Lawmaker to propose tying housing growth to jobs"
AP. December 11, 2000.
"Growth Plan Tagets Cities Feuds" The Denver Post.
December 5, 2001.
Public Interest Research Group
1530 Blake Street, Suite 220, Denver, CO
80202, (p) 303-573-7474, (f) 303-573-3780, (e) firstname.lastname@example.org; website:
Center for Regional
and Neighborhood Action
2300 15th Street, Lower Level, Denver, CO 80202,
Phone: (303) 477-9985; Fax: (303) 477-9986; Website: www.crna.net
Chapter American Planning Association
The Colorado Chapter of the APA has helped draft
the Responsible Growth Act. To contact the COAPA
CoPIN helps Colorado's preservation community
find resources such as planning information, funding, and skilled technical
A statewide initiative to ensure all children
(birth to five years) have access to quality daycare. Contact: The
Colorado Trust, 1600 Sherman Street, Denver, Colorado 80203, 303-837-1200,
toll-free 888-847-9140, (FAX) 303-839-9034
Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust
The nation's first land trust by and for ranchers.
Ranchers donate development rights to land trusts managed by fellow ranchers.
The Trust is set up to administer the easements.
Vision 2020. (See above).
The Boulder region considers sprawl control central to its citizen's quality
of life. For more on Boulder's growth management initiatives, see the Boulder
County Land Use webpage and link to Boulder's Comprehensive Growth
Plan and Growth Watch feature.