|Living lightly: The other side||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (Robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 18:46:15 -0500|
Zev pointed out that Nyland was once a wheat farm. I wonder what a = regular, profit driven, developer would have done to the land? The = other side of this living lightly is that we are beating developers to = land, and doing a better job of developing it. No matter, the land = would still be developed, and so cohousing is developing it with less = overall impact. At Sharingwood a developer would have logged and sold all the timber, = and developed 80 homes on the property, scraping off all the topsoil and = selling it, bulldozing all the native plants into heaps which are then = carted of to the land fill. I watched just such a development happen = just down the road.=20 Instead we have 25-29 homes nestled into the native forest and hold 25 = acres out of 39 undeveloped in permanent trust. We actually dug up = almost all the native plants on our commonhouse site and transplanted = them. Sharingwood and other organizations like it are key to preserving = land in the long run, because the people who are most attached to it, = live on it and own it. In 300 years Sharingwood will be one of the only = old growth forest sites in lowland Snohomish County. If we hadn't = bought and developed this site, it would be just another suburban = wasteland. So I would encourage groups to buy lots of land, develop it well and set = up preservation mechanisms for the remainder. You can be sure, that the = developers that follow you will not do that, and you can be sure, that = if YOU can develop a site, a profit driven developer can as well, and = will eventually, and will not give a rip about much else besides how = much money they can make off it. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood Home of the largest density concentrations of Trilliums in Snohomish = County.
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