|Re: Update||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Buzz Burrell (72253.2101CompuServe.COM)|
|Date: Sat, 25 May 1996 09:14:15 -0500|
>From Rob: >Speaking for myself, I really enjoyed reading Higs report on Cascade >Cohousing. I would like to read other groups reports, maybe once a >quarter or so, just for an overview of where groups are at, what they >are up to. >So, maybe to start a trend, here is a status report on Sharingwood. Being from Boulder, I'm very trendy, so here goes ... Geneva Community purchased 176 acres of land N of Lyons, Colorado in February. That makes it 40 minutes N of Boulder. 176 acres sounds like a lot, and it is, but I should say right away that means we are only allowed 5 houses. We could go the PUD route, but decided long ago being involved with beaurocracy is not our goal in life, and so we are applying for no variances, re-zoning, or other not-likely-to-be-granted, time consuming, expensive, and aggravating proceedures that are completely unrelated to our desire to preserve the spirit of the land and create community. So our development will be a little different. We will replat the acreage into the 5 allowable lots, and then simply cluster the houses together, thus preserving the majority of the land as natural habitat. Furthermore, each house will be a shared home, 2 people/families, thus our Community is expected to be 10 units. This year we will be doing all the infrastructure (driveway, utility, wells), the financial and legal instruments, and the design and probably even the contracting for the individual homes, which will be constructed in 1997. 6 of the 10 shares are sold. For some reason, we haven't done a lick of marketing for the other 4. Inquiries are welcome. Our Community is composed of the land as much as it is of the people, so prospective residents should keep that in mind. We are self-developing. The future residents own 100% of the shares in the corporation, which will be converted to fee simple ownership in the 5 lots after they are ready for building. Currently, we are deciding just how ecological of a development we will do. However it goes, I suspect certain aspects will some of the most progressive ever done in a cohousing community. I am facilitating the "PEP talks". This means Progressive Energy Programming; we are considering greywater recycling, composting toliets, and Photovoltaic power generation amoung other design attributes. We have already agreed upon a certain standard of passive solar design. There is a wide income range amoungst the owners. Once we get to the building phase, this will not be an issue, as the Lot Development Model enables everyone to do whatever thier own budget and desires allow for their own house. However in the Site Planning Phase, we all share equally in the costs, and so some median is being hashed out that will fit the groups highly diverse money/skill/time levels. Much is unknown, and we have set it up so that is OK. We figure out what is neccessary at the time, and leave the rest to unfold. Maybe in the fall I'll post what we discovered in these next few months. Best of luck to all! Buzz Burrell Geneva Community (these are my comments only) Colorado Buzz's tip of the day "Time flies like an arrow Fruit flies like a banana".
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