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DENVER-Gov. Bill Owens has called a special session of legislators to begin on Sept. 20. Of the 14 items on the agenda for legislators, seven of them pertain to growth.

And another item would transfer $300 million over three years from the general fund capital budget into the Highway Users Trust Fund. That would make less money available for construction, particularly on college campuses.

The growth issues include:

* Granting all counties and cities authority to create legally enforceable master plans.

* Requiring all large cities and counties to enact legally enforceable master plans.

* Create an Office of Smart Growth.

* Allow dispute resolutions between various municipalities regarding planning conflicts.

* Restrict flag-pole annexations.

* Enact a mandatory regional planning agreement in the Denver area.

* Grant authority to cities and counties to impose impact fees to help cover the cost of growth. School districts, however, would not receive that authority.

Some Democrats bristled the Republican governor is being too specific as far as providing answers to the state’s growth problems. They contend that is the role of legislators, not the governor. Owens, however, says Colorado’s Constitution gives the governor the sole right to decide what is discussed at a special session.

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