|Re: Permits, Big Brother & Hi||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson WB0YQM (fholsonmaroon.tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 5 May 94 19:37 CDT|
Message author: Munn Heydorn, Winfield, Illinois INTERACCESS.COM!MUNN Posted by the COHOUSING-L sysop. Hello all; I have been "lurking" (at another "address") for some time now and have found the talk on cohousing quite interesting. I work as a commercial real estate lender for a bank in Chicago's suburbs. It is particularly interesting to me that the existing cohousing, with the exception of one noted in Minnesota, seem to be on the coasts. We midwesterners are a conservative lot. The conversation on permits, neighbors and getting hung up (or, out to dry) in the zoning and permitting process has been particularly interesting since I've been involved in that indirectly for some time through work and, lately, through some housing related non-profits. Good commercial real estate developers (An oxymoron?) really do their homework in terms of finding out who has power in town, meeting with those persons with the power, meeting with the neighbors and, generally holding hands and selling their project. In something relatively new like cohousing, it would be particularly important that the neighbors and town powers be educated and sold. It does help to meet the folks that are trying to do the deal and wish to live there and, hopefully, show what personable and reasonable folks they are in fact. I suppose it is somewhat intellectually dishonest but, some developers have been known for going in asking for the moon, sun, stars *and* very high density and then "settling" for what they wanted in the first place. Hard to believe! On a side note, one reason I have been bouncing around the net is a goal of putting on a seminar for non-profits in my area - particularly housing related - on on-line services, including the Internet. I have noted a number of lists related to non-profits,social services, disabilities and the like but a paucity of offerings regarding affordable housing. If anyone has thoughts or gopher pointers or other clues on affordable housing info, I certainly would appreciate them. Please respond to me directly <munn [at] interaccess.com> rather than through the list on this topic. Thanks for your patience. Thanks for the opportunity to talk to you, Munn Heydorn, Winfield, Illinois -- Fred H. Olson fholson [at] uci.com Sysop of COHOUSING-L mailing list 1221 Russell Av N; Minneapolis, MN 55411 voice: (612) 588-9532 WB0YQM 146.64 MHz with DTMF Selcall: 233 ; FAX by arrangement
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