|rezoning and permits: advice||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rachel Freifelder (rrfreifelderucdavis.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 10:27:30 -0600|
Who out there has experience with getting rezoned for high density or mixed use? Please help. My group is looking for some advice. For the past few years we have been planning an ecological village that would provide for livelihood, food production, schools, etc, as well as housing, for 250-1000 people. It would be laid out like a little town, with a fairly dense mixed-use commercial/residential center, a light industrial area, lots of edible landscaping, farmland around the outskirts, nature preserve beyond that. We aim to minimize both automobile use and pavement by the clustered design and by helping people to work onsite rather than commuting. We expect to make use of the best of "appropriate" technology for building, energy, food production, water, waste treatment, etc. Between us we have a fair amount of background in these technological issues but none in law or planning. As this is intended to be a high-visibility demonstration project, we want to do everything legally - at least get forgiveness if not permission. The vision is pretty clear at this point and we're starting to look for a site. We're currently based in Northern California (Berkeley and Davis) and several of the core group feel very attached to the region. Right now we're investigating Mendocino, Humboldt, and Nevada counties as the places where we might be able to find land we could afford and a receptive culture. The dilemma is that nowhere in those counties that we know of, other than within city limits where we couldn't afford it, is there any land zoned for high density and mixed use. We would definitely need to get a rezoning, just like other developers. The only alternative we've discussed is to move to another state where land use laws are lax or nonexistent. Some of us are very reluctant to move. So any experience of folks on this list with the rezoning process would be helpful, especially if it were in our region. Thanks in advance for your input. There are plenty of other issues we expect people on this list could contribute to (the decision to build new rather than retrofit an existing neighborhood, the knowledge that this has been tried before, unsuccessfully). We are the Dancing Rabbit Project and if you're curious about the project, check out our web site at: http://daedalus.stanford.edu/dancing-rabbit/DR.html The site is currently in transition, so if anyone tries to visit and can't get there, please let me know. Thanks, Rachel Read Freifelder Dancing Rabbit Project
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