Frisco Three Mile Plan: Purpose & Annexation Discussion
The State of Colorado requires the Town of Frisco to have a plan for addressing land-use and infrastructure within a three mile radius. The Frisco Three Mile Plan, consequently, is not intended to instigate annexation of nearby areas. It simply addresses “an area of influence.” These lands are in the Summit County real estate market.
The expertise of several stakeholders and agencies, including Public Works, Water Department, Sanitation District, Summit Stage, Fire and Rescue, Denver Water, Police Department, School District, and US Forest Service as well as the Summit County Planning Department, makes this a comprehensive Three Mile Plan as required by Colorado.
Frisco Three Mile Plan studies the locations, character, utilities, and other services provided to these areas. It includes consideration of the following aspects of a number of areas outside the city limits:
- Geological and floodplain hazards
- Mineral, wildlife, historic, and archaeological resources
- Costs and benefits
- Utility services
- Traffic patterns
Types of Summit County Properties within the Three Mile Plan
The 2009 Three Mile Plan includes a variety of Summit County properties. These include the Dam Road Area, County Commons, Summit Middle School, Denver Water Property, Giberson Properties and Preserve, and Kid’s Pond & Ski Jump Area. Eagles Wilderness, West Ten Mile Creek & Canyon, Mount Royal White River National Forest and Peninsula Recreation Area are likewise mentioned. A handful of Summit County subdivisions are situated outside the Town limits and within the three-mile boundary.
Frisco Subdivisions addressed in the Three Mile Plan
- Bill’s Ranch: 119 lots located south and east of Frisco on approximately 91 acres
- EverGreen Subdivision: 39 units/1 vacant lots on a 17-acre parcel adjacent to White River National Forest southwest of Frisco
- Frisco Heights Subdivision: 39 units/1 vacant lot west of Summit Boulevard along the Walter Byron Park
- Frisco Terrace and Wiborg Park: 39 units/4 vacant lots and 43 units/2 vacant lots, respectively. These adjacent subdivisions total 57 acres east of Interstate 70 and surrounded on three sides by the Town of Frisco.
In addition, the Town of Frisco Town Code specifically addresses the question of annexations. The Town would carefully consider petitions for annexation measured against several standards. These include only annexing eligible lands for positive reasons that work for the Town, may encourage orderly growth and additional living areas, and/or may preserve open space.
The Town will only annex lands that can be adequately served by municipal services and with sufficient financing. Any decision for annexation may not overly tax the existing systems either. For the purpose of efficiency, any parcels proposed for annexation must be located in areas that maintain the Town of Frisco in a regular shape. Streets, zoning, and other infrastructure must comply with state and local development laws.
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