Jared Polis' SB23-213 is designed to make us all renters forever instead of homeowners who can build wealth and equity by living happily in our beautiful Colorado communities. This bill would impose ”affordable housing” that is, apartment buildings, on town and cities, overriding their local control with dictatorial statewide mandates. (coloradocommunitymedia.com/stories/local-leaders-oppose-gov-polis-housing-bill-for-taking-away-local-control,428079) But it's market forces that govern housing prices, and its inflation, and out-of-control homebuilding regulations, and especially the disastrous construction defects law that are making homeownership too costly for so many of our citizens. The legislature should fix these problems before trying to change all of our communities into look-alike cities with citified apartment housing.
Our Colorado property rights are being trampled on by Colorado legislators bent on turning Colorado into a sea of apartment dwellings usurping authority away from local politicians to support ownership, especially single family ownership.
Single family ownership that is being swamped, being overrun in favor of non-ownership rentals by short-sighted state and local government policies does not solve the growing “affordable housing” crisis. This is not left or right, but a right or wrong issue.
Families trying to raise their kids do not want to be forced to live in rental “flats” as they do in Europe. Moms and dads raising families need air to breathe and yards to play or work in. People of all ages want to live in ownership units to preserve wealth building. Single family units are the key to wealth building no matter how much appointed planners or follow the money politicians think otherwise
The long solution: Give quality developers the challenge to solve affordable housing issues offering ownership instead of renters. Remove the heavy hand of government agendas now calling the shots against developer innovation and creativity. Developers have become a hated group unnecessarily. Good developers can and will solve the affordable housing crisis ... untie their hands.
The short solution: If defending your property rights is important to you, Join up with a multiple county coalition forming against property right abuses. A Public Outcry Alert was held in Lakewood on April 11th at the Rockley Event Center. The place was packed. Homeowners/taxpayers showed up from these five surrounding counties; Jefferson, Arapahoe, Adams, Douglas, Denver plus towns Lakewood, Parker and Westminster. Add your name to the list held by organizer RameyKJohnson@gmail.com