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Frisco votes no on land-use question

BOB BERWYN
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Summit Daily/Mark FoxMichael Bertaux sends a ballot through the electronic scanner while Glen Kraatz opens up the next mail-in ballot as a team of election judges count ballots at Frisco Town Hall Tuesday morning. Working in the background is poll watcher Susan Spencer.

FRISCO ” In a vote that will make it easier for the town to move ahead with plans for an affordable housing development on the 12.8-acre Peak One parcel, Frisco citizens rejected a measure that would have required another vote before developing the town-owned land.

The final tally was 600 “no” votes against the measure, with 393 “yes” votes in support.

The ballot question asked if a citizen vote should be required before making development decisions on town-owned parcels larger than 5 acres ” which would have applied to Peak One and several others.

The mail-in ballots were tallied by a computer at the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge Tuesday evening after election judges in Frisco had previously scanned them. Election officials said the vote counting went smoothly.

Proponents of the ballot measure said the election was about the right of Frisco citizens to vote on important land-use decisions, while opponents said it was aimed narrowly at blocking the town’s plan for about 40 to 50 units of mostly deed-restricted homes on the partially forested parcel at the south edge of town.

“I’m pleased to see the voters of Frisco have spoken,” said Rob Murphy, the main spokesman for Families for Frisco, the group that opposed the measure. “This election was a bad idea. Now the town can move forward with its plans for the parcel.”

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Don Cacace, who represented the Friends of Frisco Open Space in the public debate leading up to the vote, couldn’t be reached for comment after the election Tuesday evening.

Cacace said earlier this week that his group has no additional plans to try and block the Peak One plan.

Murphy said he knows there are people who are absolutely opposed to any development on the land. Earlier this week, he said he expects continued opposition to the Peak One housing plan, but doesn’t know if there are any realistic options left for opponents of the development.

Town manager Michael Penny said the town council appreciates the public involvement and the support from the voters. He said there will be more opportunities for public involvement as the town moves ahead.

The town already issued a preliminary notice to solicit interested developers. A list of 17 potential builders will be narrowed down before being asked to respond to a formal request for proposals, probably sometime late this summer, according to Penny.

Bob Berwyn can be reached at (970) 331-5996, or at bberwyn@summitdaily.com.