Community survey documents graying of Frisco
FRISCO – Results from the 2003 Town of Frisco Community Survey were presented to a joint meeting of the town council and planning commission Tuesday evening. Linda Venturoni of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments presented the results from the survey of 630 Frisco residents.
Predictably, the report showed the largest population group in the town to be 25-29-year-old males – what Venturoni refers to as the “testosterone group.”
One of the major findings of the survey, however, was a significant increase in the 55-64-year-old age group, compared to survey results from 2000. Venturoni attributed the increase to second homeowners who chose to make Frisco their primary residence as they approach retirement age.
“I found that to be good news,” said Town Manager Alan Briley. “There are more people in the town to enjoy our services and to spend more money here.”
Though encouraged by the increased presence of former second homeowners, Casey and Briley conceded that one result will be greater demands placed on services, such as water and infrastructure, as they are used more often.
“These are people from bigger cities who are not as used to our mountain town way of life. They demand more. They want it bigger, better, faster, in the way of services,” Casey said.
The report also found that most second homeowners do not rent their units, but use them primarily for friends and family.
The results of the parking section of the survey topic were particularly pleasing to Briley: “Some merchants complain a lot about parking, but the survey showed that most of the town doesn’t feel the same way,” he said.
Prior to seeing the survey results, Briley considered making room in the town budget for a $5 million parking structure.
Of concern to councilmembers were indications of residents’ shopping leaking to areas outside the town for items such as clothing and appliances. The council will keep the trend in mind for future planning.
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