To rezone or not behind Safeway?
FRISCO – Earlier this month, Frisco planning and zoning commissioners voted to recommend town council not rezone the town’s property behind Safeway without further research. The land is a possible site for a future Super Wal-Mart or another revenue-generating development.
The council’s first reading on the subject takes place at their meeting today.
The property, which is zoned for parks and recreation, was purchased from the school district, with the intent it one day would be developed to generate revenue for the town, said Frisco interim manager Tim Mack.
Still, there are some Frisco residents who would like to see the land remain undeveloped.
And while town officials seem to agree the land should eventually be developed, they disagree how they should proceed in preparing for potential development.
Most members of the planning commission said they felt uncomfortable rezoning the parcel without first knowing more about potential development and its impacts, and whether the development might include any employee housing before they could choose the zoning appropriate for the land. Impacts to consider are effects on neighboring wetlands, area businesses and traffic.
The planning commission voted 3-to-2 to recommend council not rezone the land at this time.
Other town officials believe rezoning is the first step in developing the property.
“No commercial venture or entity of any kind can go onto that parcel … unless it’s rezoned,” said Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli.
Researching potential impacts of the development before rezoning means the town would foot the bill, Moscatelli said. If the town chooses to rezone first, it is the potential developer’s responsibility to pay for such information gathering.
Council members are scheduled to discuss whether or not to rezone the property at their meeting today. It is the first of two readings. The public hearing is scheduled during the second reading, but citizens also may comment during the public comment at the beginning of each council meeting.
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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