William McDonald: Let’s stick to the facts in Frisco
April 17, 2009
Every voter and homeowner who pays taxes has a right to know and question the actions of elected government officials, especially regarding actions that directly affect them. Our country would not be in its present economic situation had we a better “watch dog” system.
Frisco does need housing according to past “surveys”; whether it be classified “affordable” or not is another issue. Usually “affordable housing” is not truly ownership, since on resale there is no appreciation gained. It definitely is better than renting, and is similar to a type of savings account.
Frisco also needs a park (open space) in the south end for all the surrounding neighborhoods to enjoy, not just the residents bordering the Peak One parcel, which was originally designated Open Space. However, the town has been able to change that designation by various maneuvers over the last few years, since a “survey” showed a supposed affordable housing shortage.
There are only so many land parcels that the town owns that can be developed. There probably are better parcels that would better accommodate “affordable housing” than the Peak One parcel. Has the Town developed any other plan for “affordable housing” that would include other pieces of property or residences that could be used as such, possibly even foreclosed homes, etc.?
If one feels that the town is not listening to the people of Frisco, nor considering what are the “real and actual” needs of Frisco, or the town just doesn’t seem to be handling this Peak One parcel situation properly, then one should exercise his/her “watch dog” right and vote Yes on the Right to Vote, and help Frisco get this situation right! “No bridges will be burned” if you do so.