Jim and Maureen Kearney: Why vote YES on the Frisco ballot question?
April 16, 2009
Since we bought our Frisco condo in 1990, we have seen what appears to be a great deal of confusion about what to do with the Peak One parcel. We remember that, when the town first acquired the land from the U.S. Forest Service, the initial plan was to hold it as an open recreation area. Then, a few years later, the town decided to develop it, and contracted with a developer to do so. Then they changed their minds, decided on open space again, and had to pay a default fee of $850,000 to the developer. Now it’s back to development again. All this time, the people of Frisco have not had a say in whether the parcel should be developed or enhanced as a recreation area. The citizens of Frisco need to know that there is an ordinance on the books which requires a vote before recreation land is converted to development. However, the town council has arranged a loophole to remove the parcel from that ordinance’s requirements by ignoring its previous zoning ” which was outdoor recreation and open space.
The ballot question closes that loophole and requires that the people of Frisco be allowed the right to approve the sale of large town spaces. This is what the “Right-To-Vote” ballot is all about: that the people of Frisco should be entitled to weigh in on how their land should be used. There are three very large tracts in the category with development plans, and Frisco voters should have their say in the final plans for these tracts. We encourage Frisco voters to vote YES, and preserve your right-to-vote on the uses of Frisco’s open spaces.