Frisco Planning Commission approves peninsula plan
FRISCO – The Frisco Planning Commission approved the peninsula recreation area land-use plan – with a few conditions.The refined land use plan – known as the preferred concept – includes a Nordic village (two to three additional buildings providing support facilities), a sledding hill/ski jump, a multi-purpose ice rink/performing arts/convention center, a nine-hole golf course, an amphitheater and summer/winter trail network improvements.On Thursday, town staff presented the preferred concept, which included input from the town council and staff and suggestions from the consultant, Winston Associates.The planning commission recommended the town council rename the plan a land-use proposal, because plan implies implementation, said Frisco Community Development Director Amy Ito. Town officials have said the planning process at the peninsula is only conceptual and may or may not ever be realized.Commissioners also requested inclusion of conceptual summer trails. To date, the only trail network included is that of the winter Nordic trail system, and commissioners wanted a clearer view of how developing the various recreational amenities would impact the summer hiking and mountain biking trails in the area, Ito said.The town council also will be asked to hold an open house for the public and to consider comments of both the planning commission and the public before approving the plan, she said.Commissioner Todd Robertson said he suggested an open house “to get community input and have some interaction with the community on this conceptual land use proposal – to get everyone’s ideas on the table before it’s approved.”Doug Malkan, leader of the Save the Peninsula Coalition (a group petitioning against the possibility of a golf course on the peninsula) was the only one present to give public comment at the Thursday meeting.”I thought it was pretty ridiculous,” Malkan said. “The town council has come up with their final plan. Now they give it to the planning commission, and they want the planning commission to recommend their own plan to them. They wanted that endorsement that night. The planning commission complained they hadn’t even seen the resolution they were voting for.”Malkan said he believes the lack of public presence or comment at the meeting likely was because citizens were not aware of the meeting. He said the meeting was not announced on the town hall bulletin board, the post office or on the town’s Web site.”Either nobody showed up because there were problems with the noticing, or people have given up,” he said.Malkan said he didn’t agree with the planning commission’s recommendation that the land-use plan instead be referred to as a proposal.”This thing is a plan,” he said. “Town council has called it a plan. It’s been a plan all along. They’re trying to change the name to another name that’s not going to be on the ballot. This is an attempt to pre-empt the voters decision on Nov. 5.”Town officials still have not announced whether the petitioners collected enough valid signatures to see their initiative on November’s ballot, but Malkan said is confident they will meet the requirement.Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998, ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org—When & Where- What: Peninsula land use planning approval and public comment- When: 7 p.m., Sept. 17- Where: Frisco Town Hall- For more information, contact the Frisco Town Hall at (970) 668-5276, ext. 3076
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