April 1, 2009
FRISCO ” Depending who you ask, Frisco’s mail-in ballot initiative on land-use is either a back-door, smoke-and-mirrors approach to blocking any development on the town-owned Peak One parcel, or a fundamental constitutional exercise in citizen rights.
The two factions facing off on the ballot initiative squared off Wednesday evening in Frisco during a public forum. About 60 people turned out to hear panelists Don Cacace, Bob Bloch and Rob Murphy discuss the pros and cons of the measure. As written, the change to the town charter would require a citizen vote before selling, leasing or subdividing any town-owned parcel larger than five acres.
The Friends of Frisco Open Space brought the measure to a vote by collecting several hundred signatures, and spokesman Don Cacace said that effort reflected “broad-based support for what his group is now calling a right-to-vote initiative.
“Frisco’s character is at stake,” Cacace said, referring to development pressure on the town’s dwindling stock of land.
Building affordable housing on the Peak One parcel is the best way to maintain that character by providing homes for residents who provide critical services, said Rob Murphy, of the pro-housing, Families for Frisco group. Passage of the initiative would discourage developers from proposing affordable housing projects, Murphy said.
Look for expanded coverage of the forum in Friday’s Summit Daily News.
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