Environmental, economic issues shape updated Frisco Master Plan | SummitDaily.com

Environmental, economic issues shape updated Frisco Master Plan

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news

FRISCO – Frisco’s nearly complete 2004 master plan charges the town to sharpen its focus on environmental and economic sustainability.”It’s not to say we didn’t have environmental and economic policies in the previous plan, but (the citizen advisory committee) really thought they were key components that needed their own sections,” town planner Jocelyn Mills said.The Frisco Master Plan guides town staff and council members in crafting policies and providing services. The plan is updated every five years through the collection of extensive community comment.The town council is set to adopt the new plan at its Jan. 25 meeting.Weed control, water quality, light pollution and energy efficiency issues dominate the list of recommended environmental “actions” in the plan.The economic sustainability section encourages a diversification of the local economy, including luring higher wage jobs, “so residents can build careers and afford to live and work in Frisco.”The plan also urges the town to develop strategies to keep offices on upper levels along Main Street, concentrating retail shops and restaurants on the ground floor, thus encouraging greater vitality throughout downtown.

The document also addresses themes like transportation, community character, recreation, land use and housing.The master plan is an advisory document and does not bind officials to its recommendations, but it does “provide a vision of where we see Frisco going in the future,” Mills said.Pending the council’s adoption of the 2004 Frisco Master Plan, town leaders will prioritize the actions outlined in the plan within the next month.”(The master plan) guides what we look at, whether its amending the zoning code or any services the town provides,” Mills said.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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