Natalie Bass: For undecided Frisco voters
April 24, 2009
The current Frisco vote is about allowing Frisco residents the right to vote on how undeveloped town land will be used in the future. Very little open land exists in Frisco, and once this community land is developed, all other options will be forever gone.
The arguments around this issue have become ludicrous. For example, it has been said that building on open space makes no difference as children can simply “play” in the National Forest. In-town parkland and open space are a different resource than the National Forest. Parks offer green grass for children and people of all ages to enjoy ” kite flying, Frisbee throwing, family picnics ” a welcoming stop on the recreation path for bikers in the summer.
Children who reside on the south side of Frisco currently play in the streets because we have no such park. In fact, all Town of Frisco open space and parkland is north of Main Street, with the exception of the Peak One parcel that is now planned for high-density development. What are the town’s plans for a park on the south side? Where is the balance?
Further, why is there no coordination with Summit County officials who are looking to develop 250-350 affordable homes on the Dillon Dam Road? How many new homes are really needed in Frisco? Might it not make more sense for the town council to offer financial assistance to local buyers to purchase existing homes versus building even more new homes?
With so many unanswered questions, Frisco residents should not allow the Town Council to unilaterally decide the fate of our community land. Please vote “YES” to ensure your say in Frisco’s future.
Editor’s note: The Frisco Funground public park at the elementary school is located on Frisco’s south side.