Frisco needs affordable housing now, built with sustainability |

Frisco needs affordable housing now, built with sustainability

This is an essential time for Frisco residents to communicate to their town council that affordable/attainable housing is important to the hard-working locals who cannot afford to purchase a home in Frisco, such as some town staff employees. 

A deadline for proposals to build affordable/attainable housing comes at the end of this month. The town will have proposals from both for-profit businesses and developers, as well as a nonprofit, Community Action for Sustainable and Affordable Solutions (CASAS). 

The town has provided community surveys every other year (except in 2002, because one leader felt it was a “waste of money”) to research what people value. 

Since 1992, the town has asked residents to rate the importance of affordable/attainable housing. Over the past decade, the majority of residents have rated affordable housing as “very important,” that there is a “moderate need” to “great need” to “provide additional affordable housing” in town. Residents have ranked affordable housing as one of the top three priorities – along with open space – for the town to concentrate on. 

Over the past decade, very little has been done to address the importance of attainable housing in Frisco – so I suppose in some sense the community survey has been a waste of money. 

But if the town followed through sooner with the residents’ priorities and values that they have consistently expressed, then a beneficial and reasonable project might have been completed or be under way by now – one that is truly financially attainable to locals who could live and work in the same town. 

So, now is the time for residents to speak up for a reasonable attainable housing project in Frisco. 

CASAS has the main ingredients for this project, even if its proposal is not accepted – integrity and sustainability. Only if a for-profit developer can guarantee integrity and sustainability in this upcoming project should the town council accept its proposal. 

Otherwise, I believe it is worth the wait for a quality, beneficial and sustainable housing project.  

As a resident, please ask yourself: Will Frisco attempt to “stimulate the creation of attainable housing to maintain an economically diverse community” by choosing a sustainable developer with integrity? Will the town choose a developer that will not put residents’ health in danger; one that will not put the buyers’ financial situation last, so that it is not really attainable; and one that will ignore the terrific environmental impacts of development and ignore sustainable options – like solar and many other environmentally friendly building products? 

Please call or write a letter to the town council and request it chooses a developer that can guarantee integrity and sustainability in this attainable housing project? 

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