APA Colorado Opposes Amendment 74

Dear APA CO Members:

In September, the APA Colorado Board voted to oppose Amendment 74 that, if passed, will amend the State of Colorado constitution and will have the effect that no government in Colorado at any level will be able to enact any new regulation (land use, business licensing, etc.), which could be argued to reduce the fair market value of an existing property right. Existing regulations would essentially be frozen in place and the ability of our communities to plan and to protect will be substantially impaired.

Many, if not all, local governments, interest groups, and chambers of commerce, and organizations such as Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) and the Colorado Municipal League (CML) have taken a position to oppose this proposed amendment. You can access information using the link below to see the succinct and informative CML summary and Amendment 74 language.

Please use this information to educate and inform your communities and contact us at with any comments or questions.


Eric J. Heil, Esq., AICP & Susan A. Wood, AICP
APA Colorado Legislative Committee Co-chairs
on behalf of the APA Colorado Board


By now you know about the dramatic consequences Amendment 74 would inflict on every city and town across the state. If this initiative passes, it will cost taxpayers significantly and inhibit municipalities from acting in the general welfare of their communities.

I remain concerned because of the deceptive nature of the ballot title, the rancor and noise level around a variety of other ballot issues, and the lack of extensive media attention Amendment 74 has been receiving that there is the real possibility Amendment 74 could be approved on Election Day. Remember, it will take a 55 percent vote to get it approved. While it is a high threshold, we need to work hard to keep it below this level and defeat it.

I appreciate all of the work so many of you have been doing across the state in recent weeks. For that, I want to express sincere thanks. But there is more that needs to be done.

In short, every municipality must do its part to make sure Amendment 74 is defeated on Nov. 6.

Ballots will be mailed out in just five days- what has your municipality done to preserve the integrity of your community and protect your local taxpayers?

We need your helpto get the word out about this dangerous measure in every city and town across the state.

What can you do?

  • Speak Out– Talk to civic groups, media, or individuals in your city or town about the unintended consequences that will result if Amendment 74 passes. Use this one-pager that contains talking points to communicate how critical it is that we defeat this.
  • Get Organized– Consider adopting a resolution in your city or town opposing Amendment 74. A sample can be found here. Once you do, let CML know so that your municipality is part of the statewide campaign going forward. So far, we have received confirmation from well more than 40 cities and towns across the state that they have adopted the resolution. We need more to do the same!
  • Be Newsworthy– If you have a local newspaper or radio station, reach out to the editorial board, write up a column for submission (a sample can be found here), or ask to be interviewed.

If you need help with any of the above items (or perhaps regarding an idea that you have), reach out to Morgan Cullen and he can brainstorm with you. For example, we would be happy to speak with your local media if you would like. Just let him know!

As always, remember the state law governing municipal involvement in statewide ballot measures (Fair Campaign Practices Act). The League’s advisory on this can be found here. If you have any questions, we strongly advise you to consult your own municipal legal counsel.

Learn more about Amendment 74 in this CML packet of information or contact CML Legislative & Policy Advocate Morgan Cullen, CML Staff Attorney Laurel Witt, or CML Deputy Director Kevin Bommer.

With your help Amendment 74 will be defeated!


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