|RE: Block Clubs - Evolving to Cohousing?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Russell Mawby (russ.mawbycity.saskatoon.sk.ca)|
|Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 16:12:53 -0600|
Regarding lobbying of city government by community associations, part of the issue is educating community associations to lobby for the appropriate things (I am assuming that the point is to gain support for future retrofit cohousing). In other words, don't assume that lobbying means changing things. Change has consequences as well, and, in the political arena, can be much harder to control. What you need, as a CA, is to gain support for your vision of community, and co-operation in finding ways to make it happen. This, too, needs to be a collaborative process, just as much as the collaboration between households. Specifically, they may not want to lobby for support for "cohousing" as a type of development, as that would set in to motion a whole process re: planning, zoning, etc. Instead, CA's should figure out what they would like to do in the way of building in community owned amenties like shared ownership of property, meeting places, places to share meals, shared laundry, daycare, and then find out what needs to be changed in existing legislation to acheive those things. For example, condominiums are understood to include common areas, including common rooms, that probably have some form of kitchen facilities. This is much different that coming in and asking for a common house where 100 people will be sharing meals, and yet, from a planning point of view, the resultant space could be exactly the same. Russell Mawby Ph : (306) 975-7666 Housing Facilitator Fax: (306) 975-7712 City of Saskatoon Planning and Building Dept. 222 - 3rd Avenue North Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5 russ.mawby [at] city.saskatoon.sk.ca
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