Thursday, November 15, 2007
Growth and wealth do not necessarily mean more land use laws for a jurisdiction. Douglas County, Colorado, pleasantly situated between Denver and Colorado Springs, is one of the nation’s wealthiest counties and one of the fastest growing. It is an exemplar of the continuing expansion of metro areas, turning once rural areas into exurbs. But its rapid growth didn’t prevent the state from declaring, this week, that ten “towns” in Douglas County will no longer be legal recognized as towns because they have failed to maintain governments. The story behind the story appears to be that some “town” landowners want to retain the designation because it might enable them to develop their own land use law and allow them to sell to developers for more intensive development than is generally permitted in the county. Many residents outside the towns don’t want more density, of course. Like any good wealthy exurb, in much of Douglas County only one residential lot for every 35 acres is allowed …
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