Frisco waits to approve peninsula plan
FRISCO – Frisco elected officials decided Tuesday to wait until after the Nov. 5 election before moving forward with plans for the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area.
At their worksession Tuesday, council members discussed whether to adopt the plan before the election, how to prioritize the amenities and how to proceed with making the various concepts realities. They agreed to make the land use plan available for public viewing before the election but decided to wait until after the election to adopt the plan, present it in a public forum and make concrete plans for pursuing it.
Earlier this summer, town officials hired a land planning consulting firm, Winston Associates, to explore the possibilities for amenities on the peninsula. Town officials said the land planning was a conceptual exercise to determine how – and if – the six preferred amenities would fit on the town-owned property.
Those amenities include 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 golf course; an amphitheater; and improvements to the peninsula’s trails.
Paul Kuhn, senior associate with Winston Associates, presented five concepts to the town council in July. After receiving their feedback, Kuhn refined the plan to what is known now as the preferred concept.
The preferred concept leaves most existing facilities – the skate park, disc golf course and Nordic trails – unchanged, Kuhn said. It places the sledding hill and a small, 10-meter ski jump on the western portion of the land close to the Nordic center facilities, and it concentrates buildings such as the multi-purpose center and an amphitheater for 500 to 750 people close to the Highway 9 corridor. The plan also allows for a full-sized, 9-hole golf course, but Kuhn said he moved the course to preserve the higher quality forest and to use more of the open spaces.
Opponents of a golf course on the peninsula created a coalition known as Save the Peninsula and circulated a petition to see their initiative on the November ballot. Last month, Frisco Town Clerk Deb Helton announced the petitioners had collected the required amount of signatures, and council members agreed to let Frisco voters make the decision about golf on the peninsula.
At their meeting Tuesday, council members said they would like to pursue the sledding hill and ski jump first – possibly in time for this winter. The Nordic village came next in priority, and council members agreed they would like to get more public feedback before planning for its design or development.
Aside from the trail improvements, the remaining amenities will be expensive and likely will require a vote of the people to approve the expenditure before proceeding. For this reason, the council did not make them a priority.
The land use concept plan will be available for public review in the town hall lobby.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or email@example.com
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