Greens resubmitting petition to Frisco
FRISCO – The Save the Peninsula Coalition Friday resubmitted its petition to the town of Frisco seeking to stop a golf course from being planned or built on the Frisco Peninsula any time in the future.
Town officials will review the petition for language and statutory requirements, then decide whether to accept or reject the proposed initiative. Pending a go-ahead from the town clerk, the group will need to collect 422 signatures from registered Frisco voters to qualify for the ballot.
The group first filed the proposed initiative with the town May 9, but it was rejected on technicalities. Group member Doug Malkan said in a press release Friday the problems have been corrected and he hopes to receive approval from the town by next week.
In beginning the petition process, Malkan cites the financial liability a golf course would impose on the taxpayers in the town, the negative impacts the group believes would have on the Frisco Nordic Center and the “voracious usage” of Frisco’s water supply in addition to other environmental impacts.
Town officials say, however, they are not designing a golf course for the peninsula. And though they have appropriated $35,000 to hire a consultant to develop the Peninsula Recreation Area Land Plan, it is not with the sole goal of building a golf course on the peninsula.
Last month, council members identified the top six amenities they would like to see evaluated as part of the overall land-use plan for the peninsula. They include a sledding/tubing hill/ski jump, a Nordic Village, a multi-purpose center/ ice arena/performing arts center, a golf course, summer/ winter trail network improvements, and an amphitheater (only if it can be coordinated with the other amenities.) The $35,000 will pay the consultant to plan for all of these amenities on the peninsula, not a golf course alone.
It is the land planners’ job to determine which of those six amenities would fit on the peninsula and how. Town officials also stress the land planning is very conceptual, and that they are merely gathering information to plan responsibly for the town’s future.
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