Letter to the editor: Frisco needs to work to overhaul its deed-restricted housing

Alex Beach

The town of Frisco just released its 2022 Community Report as explained in the article “Community report finds Frisco finances remained strong in 2022 as town balanced housing needs and recreation” on Aug. 28, 2023, which clearly exposed another example of their hypocrisy and unfairness when it comes to the town’s deed restricted and affordable housing rules. According to the Summit Daily article, the report lists the top three employers in Frisco as the town government itself, St. Anthony’s Summit Hospital, and the Summit School District. Yet when employees of the latter two try to apply for deed restricted housing in Town of Frisco neighborhoods such as Peak One, they do not qualify because the hospital and middle school sit on unincorporated Frisco land.

Here is yet another example of the town saying one thing and then doing another when it comes to the housing crisis we are facing. If the town wants to claim people, businesses and amenities that are in unincorporated Frisco as its own (let’s also include Copper Mountain into this category as well) then it needs to amend its deed restrictions to allow for those employees to have access to that affordable housing stock.

From personal experience, I have worked at restaurants in town with Summit Middle School teachers who have quit teaching to work full time as servers so they would be eligible for town of Frisco deed-restricted housing.

This is a travesty.

Include unincorporated Frisco into our housing policy now! While we’re on the subject of housing fixes in our community, it’s about time we move to a published transparent waiting list based on time spent in the county for Summit County Housing Authority listings instead of an opaque lottery system. Someone who has lived and worked here for 15 years deserves secure housing more than someone who just recently moved to Summit County.

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