DENVER-The real estate community has raised a record $5.1 million to defeat Amendment 24, a growth control constitutional amendment that opponents claim will cripple the state’s economy.

The amendment, which comes up for public vote Nov. 7, is co-authored by nature photographer John Fielder. If approved, it will require developments in prescribed areas to be determined by election day polling. The idea is to reduce sprawl, but opponents believe the real motive is to stop growth.

The opposition consists of developers, real estate agents, homebuilders, wildlife federations, the AFL-CIO and affordable housing groups. Opponents say the amendment is poorly written and will lead to years of litigation. The opposition camp also claims businesses will set up shops in other states instead of moving into Colorado – a concern since many people already are claiming Denver’s robust economy is slowing. However, proponents say Amendment 24 will preserve the quality of life that lures businesses to Colorado.

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