Rob Murphy: Preserving Frisco’s middle class
Frisco, CO Colorado
I’d like to present an alternative vision of Frisco’s future to that presented in Don Cacace’s column “Frisco residents deserve a voice on open land sales” (SDN, Feb.4).
In this vision, Frisco’s current and future middle class is squeezed out to an even greater extent, and families continue disappear from the community. The need for services created by an influx of retirees and second-home owners grows, while the local workforce is priced out.
The argument against residential development on the Peak One parcel seems to be shifting its primary focus from the protection of “open space” in Frisco to the right of Frisco residents to have a say in land-use decisions. This makes sense given that the bottom of the original argument has all but dropped out, given the town council’s recent designation of several new parcels as open space, thus requiring a vote to approve lease or sale.
This leaves only the remaining parcels, including Peak One, which are the real issue and impetus behind development of the petition. While Frisco residents have not had a direct vote on the Peak One parcel, there has been significant opportunity for local resident input, and more will be coming before the plans are finalized.
How will future generations judge our decisions about what to preserve and what to develop? This an important question, and an equally important question is: If we ignore the housing needs of our local workforce, then whose children are we talking about?
The vision put forth by backers of the “Right to Vote” initiative is most striking for the people that are implicitly excluded from participating in this version of Frisco’s future, and it is in the interest of these families that Frisco residents should vote “no” in April.
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