Focus Group Meetings August 28, 2018
Town staff and the Community Plan project team hosted a series of focus group meetings on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Topics included Frisco’s economy, community design and land use, and housing diversity and land use. For a complete summary of the meeting discussions view the Focus Group Meeting Summary. The key ideas and themes that emerged from the meetings will form the basis for the Community Plan.
Community Values Synthesis Workshop August 6, 2018
A group of around 30 people gathered at the Frisco Town Hall on Monday, August 6, 2018 to help define our shared community values. The meeting was hosted by the Town’s Community development staff and facilitated by Summit local, Mike McCarthy who specializes in a collaborative, group facilitation method called Appreciative Inquiry.
Postcards, listing things people love about Frisco, had been filled out by 100 community members at previous public outreach events for the Community Plan Update. The postcards were distributed to participants in packs of 5. Then participants were then asked to pick out key words and themes they felt captured the essence of Frisco. Some of the key words that were shared out loud included:
Participants were then asked to think about their own story, or experience while living in Frisco, that could help to connect with the values they feel make Frisco special and unique. People wrote down their stories, then shared them in small groups, and discussed them with the group at large. The groups then continued their progression by writing down the 2 or 3 values that are most important to them.
Once participants had written down their 2 or 3 most important values, participants reorganized into groups of 6 people. Each person took turns placing their values on post-it notes on a large flip chart.
Together the groups organized the values into categories by theme. They were then tasked with developing a title for each of the values represented by their group. The goal was for each group to produce 3 or 4 values to share with the larger group.
After sharing, each of the 3 or 4 value statements were combined on to the white board and grouped again by common themes. Participants then voted, by drawing a small dot, on the values they felt were most important. You can see the end result here:
Community-wide Kickoff held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Around 250 people attended the Kickoff event on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The event was held at the Frisco Day Lodge at 621 Recreation Way, Frisco, Colorado. The purpose of the event was to gain insight from community members as to what they value about Frisco today and what they feel are the challenges and opportunities that we should focus on for our future. Attendees were invited to circulate among six different stations designed to educate and evoke meaningful thought about community values as well as opportunities and concerns for our future.
The stations were:
Some of the exhibits are currently displayed in the lobby of Town Hall, located at 1 Main Street, Frisco, Colorado.
What is a Community Plan?
A Community Plan is a long range planning tool that communities use to make proactive decisions about what their future will look like. It’s a guiding document that decision makers can use to create public policy and direct capital improvements. This plan will establish a framework that will be used to develop policies, regulations, and priorities for ensuring that Frisco’s future is consistent with our community’s vision and values.
Why are we updating this plan?
The Town’s last Community Plan was developed and adopted in 2011. Frisco has seen a lot of changes in the past 7 years; major new retail developments, new workforce housing including the Peak One Neighborhood’s 69 homes, and large, mixed use developments in our Main Street and Central Core areas. Frisco is changing and it’s a great time to check in and find out what values resonate with our current citizens. For more information check out the 2011 Frisco Community Plan and the 2015 Frisco community survey results.
Why should people care about this?
By being engaged and participating in this process people are really helping to shape Frisco’s Future. We are looking to the citizens to provide input on challenges and opportunities they feel are important and what they would like the future Frisco to look and feel like. Community input is vital to this process and citizens will have many opportunities to provide input.