Bob Bloch: Peak One parcel clarifications
April 3, 2009
Mr. McCraken, Re: your letter “Frisco ballot not about housing”: In the interest of accuracy I actually finished fifth out of six candidates when I ran for the Frisco Town Council in 2006, and made it clear that I had voted in support of Home Depot when the topic was discussed at the candidate’s forum. I engaged in absolutely no activities during the Home Depot campaign to either support or oppose the project ” not even a yard sign.
After the council election I served on the Frisco Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) for a year- and-a-half, and chaired the group for a year. For the last 10 months I’ve been a member of the Frisco Planning Commission. During this time I’ve become very familiar with the Peak One issue. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and converse with both the opponents and supporters of developing this parcel, and have independently concluded that creation of a neighborhood of both market rate and attainable homes is in the best long-term interests of Frisco.
Mr. Boylan, your letter “How much density is too much” had several inaccurate statements. The Mountain Side patio homes you refer to are built on lots that range from about 4,800 to 6,000 square feet and average about 1,500 square feet of living space. I’ve researched the term “patio home” and it can be anything from a small, detached single family home, to one of two or more homes sharing common walls, like a duplex. or several townhomes. The Mountain Side homes you speak of appear to qualify, by definition, as duplexes.
The duplexes authorized by the Residential Neighborhood (RN) zoning district applied to the Peak One Parcel (POP) specify duplexes on lots that range from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet. That’s for EACH HALF of the duplex ” one living unit ” not the two that your letter alleges. That’s a maximum of 10.89 units (in reality, 10) per acre, which is two units less than authorized by the zoning district (RM) for the Mountain Side project.
Generally, Frisco duplexes (one unit of the two) are on lots that average around 5,400 square feet. The detached, single family homes in The Reserve are on lots averaging about 10,500 square feet.
It’s true that the minimum lot size for a detached home on the POP is 3,000 square feet and can range up to 7,000 square feet, and the maximum square footage of living space for a home on any lot can equal up to 50 percent of the lot size. Never forget that all development plans must be reviewed and approved in public meetings by the planning commission before the building department begins the review and approval process of the detailed construction plans.
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For myself, I can say that I will consider approving plans for somewhere in the area of 75 homes (mixture of market rate and attainable) on the POP. That’s a density completely consistent with the adjacent neighborhoods.