Frisco town council members to discuss design ordinances
FRISCO – A proposed architectural design ordinance is back on the table for a public hearing and second reading at Frisco’s town council meeting tonight.
Council members tabled the second reading on April 4 and requested town staff research the effect of the proposal on several existing Frisco homes.
The proposed ordinance was created from input from the town’s 1999 Master Plan and the community’s desire for required architectural standards in all residential areas. The planning commission recommended the town council pass the ordinance, and council members approved the first reading with a vote of 5 to 2.
Among the proposed requirements are characteristics that preserve the town’s small, mountain character and historic flavor. For example, the proposed ordinance requires natural materials, or synthetic materials that are “not obviously artificial.” It encourages steep roofs and prohibits the duplication of building design within a 300-foot area.
But some council members stumbled over the proposed “bulk plane” requirement – which requires building design “to relieve the feeling of mass and provides for the graduation of mass as one moves back from the front of a lot … with the larger elements located further away from the street.”
According to Frisco Community Development Director Amy Ito, several contractors present at the April 4 meeting objected to the proposed ordinance fearing it would be too restrictive.
But Councilmember Jon Zdechlik said “it’s more about being a good neighbor and respecting the views of your neighbor – so people can see the mountains … and not just a huge building in front of them.”
Since the April meeting, town staff has examined seven Frisco residences – single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes – to determine whether the designs would meet the proposed bulk plane requirement and, if not, the total area exceeding the bulk plane.
In a memo to town council, Frisco Community Planner Lina Maria Lesmes reviews staff’s findings. Though five of the seven did not meet the bulk plane envelope standards, she pointed out all were “cases that appeared likely to project beyond the bulk plan envelope because of their large size or site constraints” and that “bulk plane envelope standards impose a minor restriction on residential zoning districts.”
“The proposed bulk plane envelope standards appear to encourage residential development that is proportional to the size of the lot, and with slightly steeper roof angles,” Lesmes concluded.
The public hearing
and second reading of proposed residential overlay zone district takes place today at 7 p.m. at the Frisco council meeting.
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