|RE: Neighborhood objections & concerns||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Fri, 20 Jan 95 18:10 CST|
The best to find the information on property values you seek is local. Cohousing is really nothing different than any other condo or similar project in your area. If you are doing townhouses or some other model in the midst of a single family detached area (and the zoning allows this) then I'll bet somewhere in Sabestapol there is a similar project. Ditch the term "Cohousing" for a minute and just evaluate it as another development. Your local planning dept. should have a clue about what sorts of developments are similar and looking over the last dozen multi-family projects done in your area should give you a clue. My advice, based on what I have experienced is that what the neighbors think is up to you to define. Have you had a block party yet and invited everyone to tea or ice cream, pizza or whatever? Have you had any direct personal contact with the people who are going to be your neighbors? Its normal to be suspicious of strangers with strange new ideas. Its harder when you have shaken their hand and had dinner with them. When Sharingwood first was conceived, Shirley went door to door and in person explained to every neighbor what she was up to. There was no opposition, and this from a somewhat rural conservative bunch who could have just as easily gotten up in arms over "Hippy commune, Condos". If you do not explain what cohousing is to the neighbors, they will invent their own meanings which may not be anything close to what is really is. If the first time the neighbors here about your project is when the development signs go up, you are, in my opinion, asking for big problems. If there is a hearing involved you really need to communicate with your neighbors directly, in person, one on one to show them that you really are nice people, doing nice things. If you have a hearing and peoples suspicions and fears are not dealt with, it may not go very well for you. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
Neighborhood objections & concerns Denise Meier Dmmj Michael Jacob, January 20 1995
- RE: Neighborhood objections & concerns Rob Sandelin, January 20 1995
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