PHOENIX-The loudest shot yet in a war that’s likely to be long and costly over development rights across Arizona has been fired.

Developers, contractors and other businesses have started mailing out hundreds of thousands of informational packets to residents of the state, warning them of dire consequences if Proposition 202 becomes law. They’re being joined in their $1-million-plus campaign against the initiative by a variety of others, from farmers to real estate agents.

If it passes in November, Proposition 202 would require virtually every city in the state to draw 10-year growth boundaries around their communities. The entire infrastructure cost of anything built outside those boundaries would be shouldered by developers, who would likely be forced to pass those costs along to commercial tenants through higher rents and to home-buyers through higher prices.

The proposition would also allow citizens to file suit against any city or project that they feel isn’t following the stringent new limits. Communities would have two years to establish their growth boundaries, during which time any new development projects would be severely limited.

Developers and other opponents of the proposition say it would not just limit growth, but stop it dead in its tracks. It could elminate more than 200,000 jobs, many of them in construction, some local economists say.

The group opposing the proposition calls itself Arizonans for Responsible Planning. The group that drafted the measure is called Citizens for Growth Management, whose members include the Sierra Club.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?


© 2023 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.



Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join now!

  • Free unlimited access to's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2023 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.