Frisco plans for development
FRISCO – On Tuesday, Frisco Town Council members are scheduled to make their final decision on whether they wish to rezone the town’s property behind Safeway. The land, which is a possible site for a Super Wal-Mart, is currently zoned for parks and recreation.
At the council’s first reading of the rezoning ordinance, council members voted, 4-to-2, to rezone the property to auto-oriented. Auto-oriented zoning would allow for the development of a commercial shopping area, auto-oriented in nature, that is both land and traffic intensive in character.
Town staff has recommended the town council rezone the property to auto-oriented, in preparation for developing the property, said Frisco Community Development Director Amy Ito.
Though most town officials agree the land ultimately should be developed to generate more revenue for the town, some have indicated a wish to find a zoning which includes the ability for sufficient employee housing to support the development.
Councilmembers Tom Connolly, Bernie Zurbriggen and Jon Zdechlik all seemed to agree a different zoning might be more appropriate for the land.
The Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the council not rezone the property at this time. It stated not only the possibility there might be a more appropriate zoning, but also concerns about a developments impact on neighboring wetlands, business and area traffic. Only Councilmembers Zurbriggen and Zdechlik voted against the rezoning at the council’s Aug. 20 meeting.
Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli and other council members support the rezoning. They said rezoning the property is the first step toward developing it. And with the competition of Safeway and Target in Silverthorne looming in the near future, Moscatelli said he is getting nervous and would like to start the development process as soon as possible.
“In my personal opinion, we should decide who is going in there and get cracking on it as soon as possible,” Moscatelli said, adding that rezoning the property is the first step in developing it.
Town officials said they have not yet decided who will develop the property. Several developers have expressed an interest in the property. Wal-Mart officials are eyeing it as a possible site for a Super Wal-Mart, a controversial option among Frisco residents. Don Sather, partner in the Big Horn Center in Silverthorne, and officials with Summit Medical Center also have expressed an interest in the town’s property.
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