2000 Election: Setbacks for Smart Growth

Results at 04:15 EST 2000/11/08
Updated at 12:00 EST 2000/11/08

Two highly publicized so-called "smart growth" initiatives failed by wide margins, in Colorado and Arizona. With virtually all votes counted Colorado's Amendment 24 and Arizona's Proposition 202 failed with 30.2 percent and 30.0 percent of the vote respectively. Each of these measures, strongly supported by the Sierra Club, would have required imposition of urban growth boundaries and greater politicization of land use and development.

At the same time, a property rights measure was enacted that would require compensation of owners for lost value due to down-zoning. This could make it more difficult to freeze urban growth boundaries, or make it much more expensive.

State Ballot Measure For % Against % Precincts Reporting
Arizona Proposition 202: Statewide Growth Management 398,632 30.0% 928,550 70.0% 100%
Colorado Amendment 24: Statewide Growth Management 511,684 30.2% 1,184,787 69.8% 99%
Oregon Measure 7: Property Rights: Compensation for Down Zoning 718,657 53.3% 630,236 46.7% 97%
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