|Working with local governments rezone: setbacks||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Mon, 19 Jun 95 15:24 CDT|
I agree with Jerry and would also add that the more you get to know the players in the game, the better your odds of success will be. Attending various planning board meetings is great. I would go one level higher than this and get on their agenda, do a brief presentation, with handouts, as to why cohousing is really great. You might still be able to buy a case of the old cohousing books from the Cohousing Company for $40, in which case do so and hand out books to all of them. With luck, doing this you will build an advocate for cohousing on the planning board. Citizen involvement in these sorts of boards and such is greatly sought after. I attended three such meetings in a row and was asked to join the planning commission, since that particular governmental body was chronically short of help and interest. I declined given that my second child was about to be born, but I was known to those folks, as the "cohousing guy" and the chairman of that board read the book, got totally inspired and applied some of the ideas to other projects which came before the board. A couple years later I heard that this guy got a local developer to create pedestrian fronts and a commons in his project by giving him the cohousing book, maybe the same one I gave him......Each one, reach one and the circle grows.... Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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