Frisco says ‘Yes!"
April 29, 2009
The outcome of Tuesday’s tally of a mail-in ballot on the so-called “right to vote” initiative in Frisco was a pretty resounding “no,” with 600 ballots cast against and only 393 for. The upshot, though, is a somewhat rare “yes” from Frisco voters, who decided the thinly disguised attempt to subvert creation of an affordable housing neighborhood on the Peak One parcel simply could not stand.
For years, the town has been hearing from its residents of the growing need to create housing for working locals. It’s had some limited successes in the past decade, but the Peak One parcel is the best chance yet to take a larger chunk out of the problem. It may not be perfect, and it certainly won’t solve the problem completely. But it beats doing nothing, which is clearly not an option any longer if the town wants to preserve its core: working families and individuals.
Some saw the election compelled by “Friends of Frisco Open Spaces” as a waste of time and money, but that’s not necessarily the case. Those 393 who voted for the charter amendment obviously saw items of concern, and all the noise around the election helped bring those to the forefront. As the town moves forward with the Peak One plan, we urge staff and council to take those concerns about density, open space, trails and compatibility to heart and create a neighborhood Frisco as a whole can be proud of ” and that neighbors of the project can embrace and live with as well.
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