|Too Many Units???||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Zpaiss (Zpaissaol.com)|
|Date: Tue, 23 Jul 1996 11:39:45 -0500|
Dear Rowena, I live in the Nyland community near Denver and we have had the honor of being the largest US CoHousing community with 42 units and about 130 people! Like your group our decision to be that large stemmed largly from our desire to make the homes as affordable as possible. Our zoning allowed 42 units on our 42 acres so off we went. Now after living here for up to four years I have mixed feeling about the size of the community. On the positive side we have quite a bit of diversity given the surroundiong population and there always seems to be people around - unless it is after 9pm when we fold up the pedway and shut off the lights. On the negative side it is impossible to establish close intimate relationship with everyone so you need to choose. We find ourselves creating smaller groups, some by interest, some by location, some by family structure. Once we gave ourselves permission to get together in smaller groups I felt some of the frustration drifted away. As you might expect decision making with this number is more difficult and we are currently in a stage of deligating more and more decisions to our committees which we call Sustainment Groups. As we live here longer we are building up a surplus of positive experiences which allows us to trust the decisions of smaller groups of people. Speaking personally I would favor a bit smaller group. Say around 25-35 households. But the reality is so often controlled by other factors like zoning, site size and finances. Ultimately regardless of the final size of your community. you will find yourself spending more time with some people and less with others. Here at Nyland we have a lot of choice and that is nice. Good Luck, Zev Paiss Nyland CoHousing - where we seem to always have at least one new face around the neighborhood.
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