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Lakewood Voters Approve Measure Restricting Development

Lakewood residents voted for a measure aimed at limiting development Tuesday. Ballot question 200 was approved by approximately 53 percent of voters, with the remainder voting against it. The ordinance seeks to limit development in the city by capping new housing projects at 1 percent of the city's current housing stock. "As REALTORS®, it’s our job to ensure housing remains as attainable as...

Habitat for Humanity’s Legislative Build Day

CAR was excited this year to be a sponsor of the Habitat for Humanity Legislative Build Day that sponsored building across the state on June 27, 2019. “CAR is thrilled to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing,” says Vice President of Government Affairs, Elizabeth Peetz. “We know that 1 in 7 households spend more than half...

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U.S. Supreme Court Makes Big Property Rights Decision

Landowners shouldn't have to jump through state-level hoops before heading to federal court to accuse the government of taking their property, the Supreme Court ruled today in a decision that overturns a decades-old precedent.   In a 5-4 opinion(link is external), the justices sided with Pennsylvania resident Rose Mary Knick on a property rights issue likely to have ripple effects on land use...

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Lakewood Growth Initiative Will Be Costly to Taxpayers, Says Business Group’s Study

A new study supported by a metro Denver business partnership says Lakewood's July 2 ballot question to limit growth to 1% a year will lead to higher property taxes to pay for city services.   “The research speaks for itself,” said Elizabeth Peetz, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Colorado Association of REALTORS®, in a statement Monday.   Ballot Question 200, a citizen-initiated...

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Affordable Housing in San Miguel County Gets State Boost

A lack of affordable housing doesn’t just bedevil Telluride, it challenges communities across the state, so much so that last October a bipartisan group of state senators and representatives sat down with diverse stakeholders ranging from the Colorado Association of REALTORS® to Habitat for Humanity to Ski Country USA, plus local government representatives, to examine the issue.   Town of Telluride Program...

Flood Insurance Extension Update: June 7, 2019

On June 6, 2019, the National Flood Insurance Program was extended to September 30, 2019. The extension was attached to a broader disaster aid package, HR 2157   In addition, House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC) unveiled long-term reauthorization and reform legislation, and scheduled a mark up for Tuesday, June 11, 2019. In the links listed...

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Governor Polis Signs Affordable Housing Bills

Affordable housing concerns tops the list of priority issues for many Coloradans. Colorado REALTORS® collaborated with diverse stakeholders throughout the 2019 legislative session to make significant strides that focused on short- and long-term housing solutions for communities across our state. ### ### On May 17, 2019, with Colorado REALTORS® in attendance, Governor Jared Polis signed a series of affordable housing bills. Descriptions of each bill...

CAR Email News Legislative Review

With a week left, here are bills lawmakers should kill and a few they should pass

As Democrats are scrambling to get the last of their agenda accomplished before the 2019 legislative session ends in almost exactly a week, we thought we’d help them with a little bit of prioritization.   First, there are two terrible bills that Colorado lawmakers should pitch out the closest window.   Senate Bill 225 would do away with a long-standing prohibition on rent control policies...

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What Would Rent Control Mean for Colorado?

A new bill under consideration in the state legislature would give local governments across Colorado the ability to implement rent control policies.   Colorado has had a statewide ban on rent control policies since 1981, when it was enacted in response to a citizen initiative in Boulder to allow rent-controlled housing. Now, in the face of an affordable housing crisis in Denver and across...

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Call for Action

Vote "No" on Senate Bill 225   Senate Bill 225 is bad public policy because it repeals current Colorado statute prohibiting rent control on private residential real property or housing units and allows any local jurisdiction to pursue their own rent control limits. It will be on the Senate Floor on Thursday morning. ### Rent control does not equal affordable housing; in fact, it...