April 7, 2009
Bob Bloch, Frisco Planning Commissioner, recently learned the potential density for the Peak One parcel is TWICE as much as he thought. Yes, when Bob voted to approve the new RN Zone he believed he voted for a 1/2 duplex (1 unit) per 4,000 square feet. Ooops! No, unfortunately, Bob mistakenly voted to approve TWICE as much density as he thought.
A duplex (that’s two units) can be built on a 4,000 square-foot lot. A single family home can be built on a 3,000 square-foot lot. This equates to 10 duplexes (20 units) or 14. 5 single family homes per acre. Every other Residential Zone in Frisco only permits four duplexes (eight units) or four single family homes per acre. Do you see a problem here?? When you drive through your own neighborhood, try to envision 2.5 – 3.5 homes replacing every one home you see. Yes, that would be Aurora on steroids! Then, do the math, if a developer were to build all duplexes (which is permitted per the Residential Neighborhood Code) on the Peak One parcel (12.68 acres), how many homes can be built?
I understand the need for affordable housing and the viability of the Peak One Parcel for this use, however 5 pounds of rocks in a 2-pound box is way too much. Remember, voting YES simply gives you the right to vote on the final plan for the Peak One parcel. It does not stop it. Why would you want to give up this right to ensure proper development?
Bob, your last two letters provided grossly inaccurate information regarding potential density for the Peak 1 Parcel (you were 50 percent off) and inaccurately compared potential density to adjacent neighborhoods. Would you substantiate this?