Frisco adopts the 2019 community plan with housing, environment and community character in mind
FRISCO – The Frisco City Council formally adopted the Frisco Community Plan 2019 at its meeting last week, establishing a general framework for city officials to define political priorities, community values and implementation strategies for the plan.
The city has been working on updating its community plan – as required by state and city statutes – for over a year, starting with a kick-off meeting in July 2018, which brought together more of 300 community members at Adventure Park Day Lodge to express their visions. for the future of Frisco. Since then, the city has embarked on a fairly extensive public outreach process, including a number of working sessions and open houses aimed at getting as much feedback from the community as possible.
On August 13, following a final open house and a review by the planning commission in July, the city council unanimously voted to adopt the document.
The plan delves into a detailed examination of the city’s political framework divided into six guiding principles:
- Inclusive community
- Thriving economy
- Basic quality services
- Dynamic leisure
- Sustainable environment
The plan update also provides an overview of how the city can cope with the impending growth of the community as well as an action plan that lists specific short and long term goals and strategies for them. to reach.
“In anticipation of that, there was a lot of conversation about how this was going to be applied, and watching the process unfold, it’s exciting to be a part of it,” said City Councilor Dan Fallon. “This will be a great document to help guide policy development. I really like the way it came out and the way it was structured. I think it’s going to resonate throughout.
Maintaining an inclusive community, the first guiding principle articulated in the community plan, is largely about retaining the character of the community as the city continues to grow and diversify, including strengthening the position of Main Street as a focal point of the community and efforts to preserve and enhance the historical riches of the city.
Perhaps the most important elements of the principle are the protection of the livability of residential areas and the promotion of a variety of housing options. The plan outlines general goals for both, including creating an appropriate balance between full-time residents with owners of second homes and short-term rentals, the development of a variety of housing types and the working with partners to expand the reach of Frisco’s workforce housing.
The economy is the next unfulfilled topic in the plan, as the city examines how best to support opportunities throughout the year, become more resilient to economic downturns, and promote incremental change to help preserve the character of the city.
To that end, the plan details Frisco’s desire to remain the region’s hub for business and service industries year-round, creating an environment that encourages local small businesses to grow and continue to attract. and to retain businesses that contribute to the city’s tourism. returned.
Basic quality services
Quality basic services go a long way towards maintaining and improving public infrastructure in everything from child care to public safety.
The goal notes improved infrastructure such as roads, sidewalks and municipal utilities as keys to the plan, as well as private sector investment in telecommunications to improve network reliability. The goal is also to provide more opportunities for residents and local businesses to engage with city staff on important community decisions and to continue to build relationships with nonprofit organizations in the city. region.
Since the previous section of the plan deals with infrastructure components like roads, the mobility section deals more with promoting a multimodal transport system and encouraging citizens to use their cars less.
The plan calls for policies to prioritize options for bicycles and pedestrians by improving year-round connections between neighborhoods and shopping areas using city trails and the county recpath system. The section also explores how the city can take a more active role in the planning and design of future upgrades to Colorado Highway 9 and Interstate 70, as well as collaborative efforts with local partners to improve transportation operations. in common in the city.
It’s no secret that one of Frisco’s main draws is its recreational facilities – from the network of trails and parks to the newly renovated marina – and maintaining and improving these facilities is one of the main objectives of the city.
The plan addresses this issue in several ways, primarily by continuing to invest in existing resources to adapt to the changing needs of the community and by diversifying the recreational opportunities available. But the plan also includes new city-run programs to encourage residents to get out and adopt healthy lifestyles.
The final guiding principle identified in the plan is to become more sustainable and act as a leader in the region to combat and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The plan outlines a variety of environmental initiatives, including the implementation of the city’s climate action plan, increased efforts to reduce and recycle waste, and other environmental efforts. education for residents, businesses and visitors. The plan also addresses continued collaboration with regional partners to ensure the city is resilient to potential disasters like wildfire and develop strategies to reduce conflict between wildlife and humans in the region.
In addition to the guiding principles, which will serve as a driving force at the community level, the document also provides an overview of the city’s growth framework – addressing topics such as future land use and infill possibilities – as well as a action plan that provides specific strategies for implementing sections of the plan.
But as the community continues to evolve, the city hopes the plan will remain vibrant and able to evolve with it.
“It’s not something that sits on a shelf,” said Joyce Allgaier, director of community development for Frisco. “We are required by law to change it every five years, but there is no reason why we cannot change it before then. We would like to keep him alive that way. I think this is a product that we can be proud of and that truly reflects the community.
Frisco Community Plan 2019