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Frisco to end building-incentive program

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FRISCO – Frisco officials determined that their green-building initiative wasn’t effective in 2009, so they decided to end it at Tuesday’s town work session. A list of rebates being done on remodels will continue.

The building incentive was to give back plan-review fees for existing or new building projects that meet a certain point value in the Summit sustainable-building code. Frisco requires 115 points for a construction project to be eligible for the refund.

According to town officials at Tuesday’s meeting, 81 percent of submittals didn’t achieve the “incentive” level in 2009.

Councilman Bruce Fleet said he wanted to think about other ways to “incentivize” builders to uphold green construction practices.

“Is there something else we can do to encourage green building?” he said.

One option – to refund plan-review fees on a sliding scale – was explored as a way to create a bigger incentive for Frisco construction projects. In the end, it was rejected by town officials because they decided it was unlikely to create a better incentive for green building practices.

Frisco is the only town in Summit County that requires construction to reach 75 points on its sustainable-building code to pass. Town manager Michael Penny said this requirement already ensures that Frisco gets “much more sustainable projects.”

Frisco’s officials also contemplated raising the point requirement to 100 although nothing was decided at the session. Frisco building official Janine Snyder said she estimated that upping the point requirement could roughly tack on a 5-10 percent increase on building costs.

In the meantime, Snyder said the decision to end the incentive program will not affect building applications already into the town. However it will create a change to the 2010 budget. She said the first reading of this ordinance will likely come before council members in April.

Caitlin Row can be reached

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