|RE: Neighboring property value info needed ASAP||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Tue, 11 Jun 1996 12:27:29 -0500|
This has come up before and so I will not go into my usual details. WHen dealing with neighbors, there are a number of good ideas. Here are a few. 1. Find out who they are by having 2-3 events to bring them in. Personally talk with them, Personally invite them to a get together, have food, be pleasant and listen to what they say. If you do this honestly, it can be transformational. If there is a neighborhood meeting about your project, and you are not there, then your work is cut out for you. 2. Your best case is that you are not a for profit developer. You want to be friendly neighbors and you plan to live there. Prove that to them and explain the obvious advantage that has for them, (them being the other non-cohousing neighbors) 3. People will be opposed to ANY development. This is normal. The key points of why cohousing is better than for profit development: *The developers are the future residents and they want to do the right thing. They will honestly work with you to meet the needs of everybody. Large, mega-corporate developers will not. That's who will develop the property if the cohousers do not. The property will NOT be undeveloped, so having cohousing is better than non-cohousing development. *The future residents will know each other, be a well intregeted neighborhood, and will be active in neighborhood improvements, including block watches, schools, etc. This increases neighborhood security. *The commonhouse could be used by other neighbors as well for block party meetings, scouting activities, etc. Many cohousing groups have allowed and encouraged their neighbors to get to know one another better by hosting events and being the catalyst for neighborhood involvement. When neighbors know each other and work together, everybody benefits, this is main point to cohousing in the first place. >Original Message----- Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 1996 9:56 AM Subject: Re: Neighboring property value info needed ASAP At 10:22 PM 6/10/96 -0500, MartyR707 [at] aol.com wrote: >Hi, >We're going to the city planning commission tomorrow night to have our >proerty rezoned and get a use permit - yikes!! Best of luck to you...I know you've all been working really hard to make this happen. > >The neighbors have 52 names on a petition opposing us. One of their >complaints is that we will lower their property values. Sorry I don't have the comps you need...but I have a couple of questions that you might want to ask these people. "Lower property values" is a scare phrase, but what does it mean? Lower whose property values? Compared to when? 1995? 1990? 1978? How long have your neighbors owned their houses? Everybody's property values got lowered a few years ago during the recession; did anyone present a petition against it? If someone has owned their property since the late '70's, it's probably worth several times what they paid for it. A $30,000 house at that time is now worth $150,000, perhaps. Are people in that particular situation going to really deny you a chance to create something beautiful because they might have to settle for $145,000 in this case? Some perspective might help. Another tack: Why should the burden of proof be on you? Can any of these 52 people show one documented case of a cohousing development which lowered the surrounding property values? Or are they operating on rumor and hearsay? What are your planning commission's rules regarding the burden of proof in cases like this? Who has to present the facts? I've seen people on this list talk about the importance of involving the neighbors early in the planning process, educating them about cohousing and the values behind it -- returning to community, to a place where you can truly know your neighbors and get to trust them. Since this sort of opposition is happening, is it possible that you somehow missed an important part of this phase? How can you correct that at this late date? These neighbors -- and your planning commission -- need to hear how cohousing can help families have more time to spend together, how it can lower crime (people more aware of their neighbors and surroundings), how it will attract people who care about their neighborhood and community, which can have an effect on the surrounding neighborhood, etc. Hopefully it isn't too late to start educating people -- it's hard to get through someone's fear. Emphasize what you have in common with your neighbors, so that perhaps they'll see you as "fellow human beings" rather than "commie cultists" or whatever. I realize these are debating points rather than competitive market values, but in the absence of the latter, you might find some of this helpful. Again, I really, really wish you good fortune in this. Loren Loren Davidson loren [at] wombat.net http://www.batnet.com/beauty/ The First Amendment went too far. It should have said, "Congress shall make no law".
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