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Catch Up With Council, February 13, 2024 – Two Affordable Housing Units For Sale, 101 West Main Street Rezoning, Frisco Arts & Culture Council Joint Work Session, and More

Joint Work Session with the Frisco Arts and Culture Council

In January 2023, Frisco Town Council approved through resolution the Frisco Five-Year Arts and Culture Strategic Plan which recommended the creation of a Frisco Arts and Culture Council (FACC). Subsequently, Ordinance 23-01 was passed by Council on January 24, 2023 establishing the Frisco Arts and Culture Council. There are seven members who serve on the FACC. Of those seven members, six are Frisco residents, and one is a County resident and also a Frisco business owner. The FACC is also supported by one Town Council Member, Andy Held, and two non-voting Town staff members.

The FACC has been utilizing the Frisco Five-Year Arts and Culture Strategic Plan as a road map to determine which projects and programs to pursue over the past eight months. The plan states that the goal of arts and culture programming should primarily be to support local quality of life and create community attachment, rather than acting as an economic driver or way to attract more visitors. To that end, the FACC has been tackling the programming and projects that the plan outlined for year one and beyond:

  1. Continue supporting existing Frisco arts and culture events.
    • The FACC launched a grant and prize program for 4th of July parade floats to add vibrancy and artfulness to the parade. Four grants and four prizes were given, and there is a plan to launch the program in March 2024 to provide even more support and planning time for artful July 4th floats.
  2. Support music through various approaches
    • The FACC held a Frisco Arts Pop-Up: Ukes and Scoops event at the Frisco Bay Marina in September 2023 to highlight the local SumUkes group and the Marina and the new Lighthouse Lawn as a setting for local events and music. There were over 150 attendees at this pop-up event.
    • The FACC is launching basic sound and lighting workshops for youth and adults in March 2024 through a partnership with Ten Mile Music Hall which will include a local band.
  3. Identify locations for an “Art Lab” to host local art workshops.
    • The FACC has directed staff to find instructors for textile and fine arts to offer pop up workshops at Frisco locations, such as the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge and the old community center building on 3rd Avenue. Staff has been doing outreach and working on securing teachers for an “Art Lab” schedule to begin in early spring.
  4. Work to define a Frisco Al Fresco community dinner and/or outdoor film event
    • The FACC has combined these two goals to host a movie night at the Frisco Bay Marina in late August for a free screening of “The Princess Bride”. This event will include a concert before the movie with a local band, food and drinks, and the movie on an outdoor movie screen on the new Lighthouse Lawn.
  5. Acquire the services of muralists, pop up artists and participatory art-focused events
    • During the summer of 2023, the FACC executed a successful mural program, selecting seven local artists to install seven murals in the “parklet awkward” spaces between closely installed parklets on Main Street. The mural project was covered twice by the Summit Daily News, and even Congressman Joe Neguse posted on his social media about Frisco’s mural project.
    • Realizing that it is important maintain and repair public art already owned by the Town, the FACC directed staff to contract with Pacific Coast Conservation out of Denver to create a maintenance and repair plan for the seven pieces of public art currently owned by the Town. Subsequently, conservation staff assessed, photographed, cleaned, and maintained all of the pieces and has provided a comprehensive plan with recommendations for future routine maintenance, treatments, and repairs for Town owned public art. Staff will also work with this group going forward to determine which materials will work best for future public art requests for proposal.
    • The FACC will be working to find a suitable location for “I’m the Boss”, the elk bronze located at exit 203, which will be displaced once CDOT works on the proposed changes to that intersection/roundabout in the next several years.
    • During February 2024’s Eat, Ski, Be Merry event organized by and benefiting Team Summit Nordic Program, the FACC brought back the FrozenFrisco community ice art display at the Frisco Nordic Center. This year’s outdoor exhibit included a frozen campsite with ice seating and the work of community artists from the FACC who expressed their own singular take on ice as a medium. The FACC also served wassail, acting as the informal first stop for Eat, Ski, Be Merry and doing community outreach for the FACC.
    • In February 2024, the FACC will be releasing an RFP for a muralist to complete a mural in and at the entrance to the tunnel between the Frisco Adventure Park and the County Commons. This project is expected to be completed in late summer 2024.
    • The FACC also plans to do another mural project with 6-10 murals, similar to the summer 2023 project, in parking spots and/or on Frisco’s multi-use pathways.

This work session was an open conversation between Frisco Town Council and the Frisco Arts and Culture Council.  Town Council lauded the “parklet awkward” murals that were created by local artists during the summer of 2023 and encouraged the FACC to continue temporary murals and more permanent murals, such as the tunnel mural which is planned for the summer of 2024. Town Council encouraged the FACC to maintain these more permanent murals into the future by paying special attention to their yearly maintenance. The FACC was also encouraged to involve youth in mural projects and explained that they were recently approached by a local student to potentially provide a graffiti wall. The FACC was also asked about the space needs for a future “art lab”, and Town Council also voiced their appreciation for the upcoming sound and lighting workshops, as well as for the FACC past and planned involvement and support for local events.

New Liquor License

On December 14, 2023, the Hotel Frisco sought approval of their application for a Tavern liquor license.

Staff recommended that Council approve the application based on the findings of the investigation, as outlined in the supporting staff report. Town Council approved the liquor license application for the Hotel Frisco.

Water Construction Standards Amendments

Pursuant to the Town of Frisco Home Rule Charter, various chapters of Town Code are reviewed and amended as needed every five years. The Water Construction Standards listed in Chapter 171 of the Town Code were last reviewed and amended in February of 2019. There are several recommended changes to the current Water Construction Standards and are summarized in the staff report. The changes include timing on the excavation of water systems, process for abandoning water lines, the installation of bollards for hydrants, inspection of service lines, and more.

Town Council approved Resolution 24-12.

Ordinances Making Supplemental Appropriations to the 2023 and 2024 Budgets

The Town Council approves a budget each year. From time to time, it is necessary to make changes to the budget. Per the Town’s Charter, these changes must be adopted by Council ordinance. Below is a list of those budget changes.

2023 Supplemental Appropriations

These supplemental appropriations were discussed with Council during the 2023 calendar year. Ordinance 24-04 will amend the 2023 budget by the amounts listed below.

General Fund Expenditures – $244,704
  1. Transfer to the Marina Fund – $244,704
Marina Fund Revenue – $244,704
  1. Transfer from General Fund (10% of total Marina Fund revenue) – $244,704
Marina Fund Expense Reduction -$582,609
  1. Reassigning 2023 costs related to Marina Park drainage improvements from the Marina Fund to the Capital Fund – ($582,609)
Capital Fund Expenditures – $2,124,232
  1. GAP Project completed in year one vs. two years reflected in 2023 5-year capital plan – $1,160,499
  2. Backyard Project: SE Group contract expansion – $381,124
  3. Marina Park drainage improvement – $582,609
Housing Fund Expenditures – $2,500,000
  1. 101 W. Main subsidy for NHP housing project- $2,500,000

2024 Supplemental Appropriations

Rolled Over From 2023 Budget

In this instance, the supplemental appropriations listed below relate to projects budgeted in 2023 but not completed in the 2023 budget, so these funds are then proposed to roll over to the 2024 budget. Ordinance 24-05 will amend the 2024 budget by the amounts listed below.

General Fund Expenditures – $162,642
  1. Social equity projects – $22,250
  2. Time clock replacements – $27,572
  3. Annual employee gifts – received in 2024 vs 2023 – $9,000
  4. Solarize Summit: One Solarize project was contracted but not completed in 2023, as well as six unused rebates – $10,500
  5. Historic Park Furniture: Museum desk construction – $10,000
  6. Parklet maintenance – $18,320
  7. Streets maintenance: V-Box sander attachment – $40,000
  8. EV training and tools – $25,000
Capital Improvement Fund Expenditures – $9,512,113
  1. Appropriated vehicles and equipment – $1,987,782
  2. Old Town Hall project – $1,501,369
  3. PRA comprehensive plan implementation: Slopeside Hall – $3,357,866
  4. Frisco Backyard Plan: SE Group contract – $359,652
  5. Wayfinding (PRA Signage): For improved signage with updated logo – $22,526
  6. Highway 9 sidewalk improvements – $1,470,000
  7. Neighborhood park improvements: Old Town Hall Park – $491,567
  8. Town Hall dumpster enclosure- $163,985
  9. Town Hall Master Plan – $75,000
  10. Fiber infrastructure planning – $82,367
Water Fund Expenses – $500,000
  1. Lagoon Drive water main replacement – $500,000
Housing Fund Revenue – $1,693,144
  1. Granite Park: Partnership contributions due from CDOT – $1,650,513
  2. Granite Park: IHOI grant funding due from DOLA – $42,631
Housing Fund Expenditures – $6,243,236
  1. Granite Park: Construction – $6,243,236
Lodging Tax Fund Expenditures – $49,000
  1. Art and Culture: Art and Culture Council not seated until May 2023 – Programming $25,000; Capital $24,000

New Appropriations

In this instance, the supplemental appropriations listed below relate to budget requests recommended by staff to achieve Town Council’s Strategic Plan. Ordinance 24-05 will amend the 2024 budget by the amounts listed below.

General Fund Revenue Reduction- $552,000
  1. Grant Revenue: Bridge improvement grant not received – ($552,000)
General Fund Expenditures- $213,400 reduction
  1. Transfer to Marina Fund – $268,600
  2. MERT: Budget for expenditures tracked by Town (offset by $10,000 in revenue collected from Silverthorne and Dillon) – $15,000
  3. Climate Action Plan: Increased cost over original estimate – $55,000
  4. Bridge improvements: Reduction due to grant funding not received – ($552,000)
Nicotine Tax Fund Expenditures – $40,532
  1. Non-Profit funding (FIRC, Building Hope, Summit County Community Care Clinic): Funding committed by Countywide Nicotine workgroup over 2024 budget – $40,532
Marina Fund Revenue – $374,200
  1. Increase in parking revenue – $43,000
  2. Increase in storage user rates – $45,000
  3. Increase in boat rentals – $50,000
  4. Decrease in grant revenue – ($30,000)
  5. Decrease in sale of assets – ($80,500)
  6. Increase to other operating revenue – $78,100
  7. Transfer from general fund: 10% of Marina Fund total revenue – $268,600
Marina Fund Expenses – $190,131
  1. Increase in salaries and benefits – $262,381
  2. Decrease to capital equipment – ($63,000)
  3. Decrease to operating expenses – ($9,250)

Town Council Ordinances 24-04 and 24-05 were approved on the first reading.

Ordinance Providing Water Service to Bill’s Ranch Subdivision

Summit County Government submitted a “will serve” letter for water service to Town Council, for its proposed workforce housing development within the Bill’s Ranch subdivision. In its request letter, the County proposed that “[t]his water service will be made available pursuant to the provisions and requirements of the 2001 Water Service Agreement and the 2018 First Amendment to the Water Service Agreement, between the Town of Frisco and Summit County.” That 2001 Water Service Agreement, and its 2018 First Amendment, do not, however, currently provide for the Town’s provision of water service at any location outside of the County Commons.

The proposed ordinance, 24-06, would amend the Intergovernmental Agreement for Water Services with the following changes:

  1. Up to 15 EQRs remain for water service under the existing IGA would be allowed to be used within the Bill’s Ranch Subdivision at the site of the proposed workforce housing project;
  2. The County would be obligated to immediately (by April 1, 2024) cause the Clinton Ditch and Reservoir Company to transfer to the Town’s ownership all water (ditch company) rights associated with the water taps that have previously been sold and put into service at the County Commons;
  3. Going forward, the County will be obligated to cause the transfer of ownership of all water (ditch company) rights associated with a requested water tap, prior to the Town’s issuance of the requested tap; and
  4. The outdoor use of water at residential property that is served under the agreement would be prohibited, except for the limited hand-watering and vegetation-establishment exceptions allowed under Frisco Town Code.

Town Council approved Ordinance 24-06 on the first reading.

An Ordinance Amending Chapter 180 of the Code of Ordinances Concerning Affordable Housing

On January 9, 2024, the Town Council reviewed proposed amendments to 180-5.5, Affordable Housing. After discussing these amendments, Council requested staff bring back these amendments at a later date.

Due to ongoing changes to State financing requirements and project developments within the Town, staff is proposing that Town Council review a modified amendment than what was originally brought forward during the January 9 meeting.

The proposed modifications include:

1. Frisco Town Code, Section 180-5.5.1.B. Density Bonus.

Existing language in the code allows a project to request density bonus in certain zone districts if the average AMI for half of the bonus units is 100% AMI (the other half of bonus units do not have an AMI restriction and are usually market rate).

Staff requests that the Council consider an amendment inserting a new paragraph under 180-5.5.1B.1.b. stating that if a project is being developed with all units being affordable and/or workforce restricted, then the average AMI may be up to 120% AMI. This modification would allow developments that are not proposing any market rate units, to have a slightly higher AMI for the bonus units.

Proposed Insertion, 180-5.5.1B.1.b.:

For projects that are being developed with all residential units restricted to affordable and/or workforce housing, bonus units shall be provided as affordable deed restricted housing being available for purchase or rent to households earning, on average, an income up to 120 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), at a rate established by the Summit Combined Housing Authority for that income level, and pursuant to the other criteria as established from time to time by the Town or the Summit Combined Housing Authority; or

2. Frisco Town Code, Section 180-5.5.1.B.2.b., sale of density bonus units.

Existing language in the Town Code requires bonus density units to be sold through the Summit Combined Housing Authority (SCHA). As of fall 2023, the SCHA does not have a real estate branch anymore and so staff proposes removing this requirement, as it is not feasible.

Proposed modification: 180-5.5.1.B.2.b.:

Every owner of an affordable housing unit shall ensure that each potential buyer of the unit is qualified for the purchase through the Summit Combined Housing Authority, and any affordable housing unit established pursuant to any density bonus provision of this Chapter shall be marketed and offered solely through the Summit Combined Housing Authority.

3. Frisco Town Code, Section 180-5.5.1.B.2.c.3.a., criteria for designating properties as Affordable Housing Development.

Existing language in the Town Code states that an applicant may only apply for incentives (deviations from specifically stated code requirements) if all the dwelling units within the development are restricted to households earning an average of 100% AMI. As the Town pursues affordable housing projects with AMIs that are not funded through the Lower Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), it is difficult to fill the gap funding to make the financial models work. This has led the Town to recognize that a slightly higher AMI would allow applicants to be able to fund and move forward with development, meeting the goal of providing more housing units for locals. Staff suggests that the Council discuss an amendment to state that an applicant may request incentives if all dwelling units within the development are restricted to households earning an average of 120% AMI (as opposed to the existing 100% AMI).

Affordable Housing Incentives are outlined in the Code and specific detail of requests can be read fully under 180-5.5.1.C.4. These include:

  1. Zoning Requirements
    • Density
    • Lot Coverage
    • Setbacks
    • Maximum building height
  2. Development Standards
    • Landscaping and revegetation
    • Nonresidential development standards
    • Residential development standards
    • Bulk Plane
  3. Parking

Proposed modification: 180-5.5.1.C.3.a:

Each of the dwelling units within the development is restricted as permanently affordable through the Town of Frisco standard covenant. The units shall be restricted for occupancy for purchase to households earning up to a maximum 140 percent Area Median Income (AMI), or maximum 120 percent AMI for rental, with an average AMI not to exceed 100 percent. The units shall be restricted for occupancy by households earning, on average, an income that does not exceed the Area Median Income (AMI) by more than 120 percent (120% AMI). The draft deed restriction will be reviewed and approved as part of the Site Plan review; and

Town Council approved Ordinance 24-03 on the first reading.

An Ordinance Rezoning from Mixed-Use to Planned Unit Development at 101 West Main Street

NHPF West Main, LLC submitted an application proposing rezoning of the site at 101 West Main Street from mixed-use to Planned Unit Development (PUD), to encourage flexibility and innovation in the development of land and to provide relief from certain standards of the underlying zone district. The applicant is proposing to develop the site for 100% deed-restricted rental housing. The proposed PUD states that a minimum of 45 deed restricted, affordable rental units are required on site, servicing households up to 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), while allowing for minor deviations up to 100% AMI. To construct this type of development, the Town recognizes that factors, such as high construction costs, high interest rates, and competitive State financing, are all barriers to providing rental units with the proposed Area Median Income (AMI) rental rates, as outlined in the staff report. To assist in alleviating these constraints, the applicant is utilizing the PUD rezoning as a method to provide the Town with a project that meets a high community need, while requesting certain relief from the Unified Development Code.

Pursuant to Town Code §180-2.4.1, rezoning requests are subject to two public hearings at the Planning Commission where the Planning Commission makes a recommendation to Town Council. After such a recommendation, the Town Council shall consider the rezoning ordinance at a public hearing where Town Council shall approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application.

The Planning Commission held a preliminary public hearing on November 16, 2023 to consider the proposed PUD plan in conjunction with a submitted sketch plan for the property. The applicant received feedback from the Planning Commission and revised the proposed PUD Plan. The Planning Commission held a final public hearing on January 4, 2024 where the Planning Commission recommended conditional approval of the application to Town Council. Should the proposed rezoning request, and PUD plan, be approved by Town Council, the applicant shall return to Planning Commission for final review of the major site plan.

For Town Council to approve the application and as required per UDC Section 180-2.4.2.D, the following criteria shall be met:

  1. That the project is beneficial or necessary for the economic development of Frisco; and
  2. That the application preserves or contributes to usable open space, and natural and scenic features (when open space is provided as a community benefit); or the applicant provides affordable work-force housing when housing is provided as the community benefit; and
  3. That the application achieves a compatibility of land uses with neighboring land uses; and
  4. That the modifications to the underlying zoning district by the project are in the best interest of the Town, and neighborhood in which the development is planned; and
  5. That the projected capacity to fully serve the project site(s) with water and sewer is available; and
  6. That Town services shall be provided in the most efficient manner practicable; and
  7. That more than one housing type, or housing price, or housing form of ownership (i.e. for sale and rental) to satisfy the needs of more than one segment of the community be provided (when residential uses are proposed); and
  8. That the project contributes amenities to the development itself, and to the community at large; and
  9. That an owner’s association is established to promote a sense of community and to ensure the continued existence of a viable entity responsible for maintenance of private open space and other similar duties; and
  10. That the project meets all of the applicable requirements of this Chapter that are not expressly varied in the final PUD plan, contributes to design aesthetics and layout, and promotes efficient use of land.

Because the applicant is proposing a community benefit, they are eligible to receive relief from certain requirements within the UDC if allowed by Town Council. The applicant is proposing the following exceptions to Frisco Town Code, Chapter 180, as written in the submitted PUD plan:

Ceiling Height

The applicant is proposing that the first-floor building height for structure(s) shall be nine feet in height, whereas the UDC states that 10 feet are required. The staff’s understanding of this requirement is that it was established in the UDC to ensure adequate ceiling heights for various commercial uses. Nine-foot height ceilings are still adequate for commercial uses and more ideal for office space which usually have nine-foot-high ceilings. With the ground floor being proposed for residential units and reduced commercial space, staff recommends support of this request as stated within the PUD.

Residential Uses in Central Core and Mixed-Use Districts

The applicant is proposing that ground floor residential uses shall be permitted as a use by right within this PUD designation, where the UDC states that residential uses in the MU zone district are permitted through conditional use approval. Section 180-4.3.1.B. of the Frisco Town Code states that any use that is allowed by right or by conditional use permit within the underlying zone district may be allowed in a PUD. Therefore, the PUD may state that ground floor residential uses on the property shall be permitted by right. Staff support this request as stated within the PUD recognizing that there is a strong community need for affordable rental units and that by utilizing the ground floor, there will be an increased number of affordable rental units provided.

Mixture of Uses in the Mixed-Use Districts

The applicant is proposing that instead of the required minimum of 20% commercial space on the property, a minimum of 1,500 sq. ft (roughly 3.7% of the floor space) is provided. Staff support this request as stated within the PUD recognizing that there is a strong community need for affordable rental units and that by reducing the commercial footprint, there will be an increased number of affordable rental units provided.

Parking and Loading Regulations

As is written in the Affordable Housing Incentive Program (AHIP) of the UDC, the applicant is proposing the following parking quantities:

  1. One-half parking space per unit for studios and one-bedroom units, one parking space per unit for two-bedroom units, and two parking spaces per unit for three bedrooms or greater. One visitor parking space is required for every seven dwelling units in the development.
  2. On-street parking would be utilized. Required parking, excluding ADA and handicap accessible spaces, may be accommodated on streets proximate to the property, on a one-for-one basis, subject to construction of any needed improvements, and Town approval of an acceptable agreement to ensure adequate maintenance and snow removal procedures and a permit system for resident use.
  3. Car-sharing service is being proposed. Each car-sharing space provided shall count as four parking spaces, up to 20% of the parking requirement. The car-sharing program details and agreement shall be provided as part of the major site plan application and shall include provisions and alternative options to ensure operation for the duration of the project.

Landscaping and Revegetation Requirements

The applicant is proposing that the landscaping for the site shall be in conformance with the Town Code, with the following exceptions:

  1. Plant material quantities may be reduced by up to 20% from the requirement per §180-6.14.3.
  2. Species mix may be increased to a 50% maximum for each species, and minimum tree caliper size may be reduced to 50% of the caliper size requirement in §180- 6.14.4.

Snow Storage and Snow Shedding

The applicant is proposing that snow storage shall be accommodated on the property at the rate identified in the UDC. The applicant had originally requested that snow storage be allowed off-site, however, that was not approved per Public Works requirements. The applicant has since worked with Public Works to allow snow storage within the proposed water quality infiltration area that is located between 15 feet and 25 feet of the 100-year floodplain. No snow storage or detentions facilities shall be allowed within 15 feet of the 100-year floodplain. Staff supports the applicant’s snow storage request, as this is supported by the Town Engineer.

Non-Residential Development Standards

The applicant is proposing that the PUD utilize the design guidelines per §180-6.22 Residential Development Standards, rather than §180-6.21 Non-Residential Development Standards. While the design standards are the same as the Residential Development Standards in the UDC, the applicant has written all standards within the PUD to provide further clarification. The PUD states that a minimum of four building elements are required to provide articulation. This is an increase from the two that are required in the Affordable Housing Incentive Program.

Bulk Standards

The applicant is proposing that bulk plane encroachments shall be allowed up to 1,000 cubic feet per 10,000 square feet of lot area. The Affordable Housing Incentive Program allows bulk plane encroachments of up to the ratio of 500 cubic feet per 10,000 square feet of lot area. The PUD also states that bulk plane encroachments may be allowed for livable spaces.

After extensive discussion about parking, design, AMI, and commercial space requirements, Town Council voted to table the vote on this ordinance at the January 23, 2024 meeting. During the meeting on February 13, 2024, Town Council approved on first reading Ordinance 24-01 with the addition of a provision during the second reading that require the applicant and staff to arrive at a future parking operational plan that direct the location and hours of on street parking.

Selling Two Town Purchased Units through Housing Helps

Resolution 19-31 established the framework for the Frisco Housing Helps Program, which was approved by Town Council on August 27, 2019. Housing Helps was implemented to help locals obtain and maintain affordable housing, help businesses house their employees, incentivize investment in local housing, and help preserve the character of the Frisco community. Housing Helps is one strategy that strives to address Town Council’s priority goal to implement housing solutions.

In 2023, the Town of Frisco purchased three residential unit under the Housing Helps program: a two bedroom condominium located at 220 Galena Street, Unit 4, a two-bedroom condominium located at 220 Galena Street, Unit 3, and a two-bedroom condominium located at 519 Teller Street, Unit 7. The intent of these purchases is for the Town to purchase market rate units, establish deed restriction on the properties, and then sell each property based on the most recent Area Median Income (AMI) limits. At this time, two units are proposed to be sold, while one unit (220 Galena Unit 3) is currently being used for Town employee housing.

Per the Colorado Revised Statutes section 31-15-713(b), the Town must authorize the selling of real property by ordinance. Staff is evaluating future buy back purchases that would be initiated by Frisco Housing Authority, which would eliminate the need for future council authorization.

Housing Helps Program Guidelines

As currently established within the Housing Helps Program, the Town has several options in addressing workforce housing. One of which is to purchase market rate units, adding a workforce and/or income-based deed restriction to the property, then reselling the unit at an appropriate AMI based cost.

Per the adopted Housing Helps Program, the deed restriction established for both units qualifies a “resident” & “qualified owner” as a “person or dependent who at the time of purchase of a unit, and at all times during ownership or occupancy of the property, earns his or her living from a business operating within one mile of the Ten Mile Basin within Summit County, by working at such business an average of at least 30 hours per week on an annual basis”.

Additionally, an AMI deed restriction has been set for both units at 100% AMI. The AMI selection was based on unit size, Town investment costs, community need, and the Town’s commitment to Proposition 123 which supports increasing the amount of affordable housing. Therefore, a qualified owner’s income based on a 2-bedroom may not exceed $99,800, and the maximum sale price of these units is $421,946.

Lottery & Brokerage Services

In cooperation with the Summit Combined Housing Authority (SCHA) and Omni Real Estate, a lottery system has been developed to select potential buyers for the units. The lottery that will be utilized is similar to what was used at Silverthorne’s Smith Ranch project. Both units will have individual lotteries to select the order in which qualified applicants will have the opportunity to purchase a unit. SCHA will assist the Town by receiving and processing applications from prospective buyers. Once an applicant has been qualified by SCHA, the applicant will receive one or two tickets based on criteria established in the lottery system. Those criteria are:

  1. Applicant(s) work for a business or organization operating within one mile of the Ten Mile Basin (in summary- Copper; Frisco, including the hospital, County Commons; and the middle school, and Farmer’s Corner, including the high school) and average 30 hours per week on an annual basis will receive one ticket.
  2. An additional entry into the lottery will be given to applicants currently living or working in the Town of Frisco and who have done so continuously for at least one year prior to the date of application. Frisco employment must be an average of 30 hours per week on an annual basis within the Town limits. Current residency must be within the Town limits. Applicants meeting one or both priority criteria will receive a total of one additional entry in the lottery. In summary, there will be a two-entry maximum per applicant.

The lottery event will be held at Summit County Commons and will be streamed on Facebook Live by SCHA. Lottery results will be posted on the SCHA Facebook page, SCHA website, and the Town of Frisco website.

All qualifying applications will have individual numbers generated and placed into a receptacle which will be drawn at random. Entries will be chosen until all have been counted. Applicants will have 24 hours from the time they are initially contacted to select a unit. From that point the applicants selected will have 48 hours from the selection date to return a fully executed purchase and sale agreement.

The Town’s real estate broker, Omni Real Estate, will assist the Town in processing all legal agreements, providing disclosures, communicating with clients, marketing, and holding open houses for prospective buyers. Omni Real Estate will be retaining the open listing for each property for 10 calendar days. The Town will also communicate the availability of both properties.

Tentative schedule which is subject to change for listing both properties and the lottery:

  • February 16 to February 27, 2024- Listing to go live with open houses still to be scheduled during the listing period.
  • Applications will be due at noon on February 27, 2024 at the Summit Housing Authority website.
  • Early March- Possible lottery drawing dependent on how many applications are received.

Town Council approved Ordinance 24-02 on the second reading.

Frisco Town Council Meetings: Ways to Participate

Frisco Town Council meetings are available to view via Zoom and YouTube, and are also held in person to make Town Council meetings easier to access for everyone.

The public can provide comment during meetings via Zoom or in person (not YouTube), and a public comment period will be available at 7:00pm; during the consideration of ordinances; and at the discretion of Town Council during work session items, which are discussions that don’t require a formal vote by Town Council and do not require public comment. Again, this hybrid approach is intended to make Town Council meetings more accessible, and meeting recordings will typically also be made available the day after a meeting in the meeting archive with agenda topics bookmarked to the discussions in the video.