|Re: Cohousing Rentals||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Dan Everett (dmepollux.cs.uga.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 29 Apr 93 14:04 CDT|
Hi vonnie, We have a local architecture prof who is interested in nonstandard housing working on a design for about 16 units on a 6-acre plot at the outskirts of town. My wife and I have saved up enough $$$ to buy the land outright. We will try to sell enough shares to pay for improvements, such as the community house, roads, utilities, etc. But if this fails, we can still build two houses on the land without any zoning changes (though we will build the two houses on spots marked by the cohousing plan, in case we get more members later). Our initial group of about 12 families went through several months of meetings before splitting into two subcollections. The majority of folks wanted a country-living "tribal village" setup on some large plot 20+ miles out of town, with each family on its own 5+ acres and little or no formal community structure, no community house, etc. Those folks are in loose contact with each other (and the rest of us -- we still consider ourselves a cohousing family). I expect that at some point they will find their perfect piece of land and lots of them will move out to it. My wife and I and one or two other couples are the city-cousin branch of our extended cohousing family...our vision is much more structured (condominium form of ownership, corporate governance with consensus decisionmaking when possible) and the houses are clustered closer together. For me the main design features are: 1. smaller family dwellings, with common facilities in the community house 2. roads only to parking lots on the perimiter, with pedestrian traffic (and appropriate handicapped vehicles) within the community proper; underground utilities and no bright streetlights; 3. "soft" boundaries between public and private spaces, with a design encouraging residents to hang out together; 4. strong environmental design focus, e.g. energy efficiency, some solar design, composting. Although we are more urbanized, we strongly support the "tribal village" idea, with more community responsibility for childrearing a special focus. The slow process of working this out (we are all too busy) has been frustrating at times, but I suspect that the pace and level of excitement will rise dramatically after we have actually got our hands on the property. Best wishes to all the cohousing types out in Netland, Dan Everett
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