Re: site size, and number of units
From: Jim Snyder-Grant (
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 17:21:01 -0700 (MST)
New View (Acton MA)  has 24 units on a 17 acre site. The building portion is
about 6-7 acres. Ten of the units are detached, most of the rest are
duplexes, plus one triplex.

We built as many houses as we could on our site under the clustered zoning
laws of the town, to bring per-house costs down, including the use of
various 'density bonus' permitting techniques involving both subsidizing and
hosting some affordable housing.  The clustered zoning law also required a
certain amount of land to remain unbuilt - we built out almost to that


Jim Snyder-Grant
jimsg [at]
18 Half Moon Hill
Acton MA 01720
New View Cohousing

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephanie Weigel" <sjweigel [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 11:41 AM
Subject: [C-L]_site size, and number of units

I have done some searches on the archives about this, but am hoping to get
more info from communities on site sizes, and configuration of units.  For
example, I would be interested in knowing that your community has:

X [number] of [attached/detached] units on an X [acres] site.

And whether there are other uses on the site, or adjacent land uses, that
may have influenced the decision for your ultimate density decisions.

For example;
"we have 22 attached units (in 3 buildings) on a 5 acre site, but 2 of the
acres are protected wetland and weren't developed"

or other configurations.

Stephanie Weigel
sjweigel [at]

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