|thought needed on zoning problem||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jill Robinson (jillrobcarolina.net)|
|Date: Sat, 4 May 2002 20:59:06 -0600 (MDT)|
The Greenfield, MA cohousing project was instigated in part to preserve an historic farm from commercial development. There is a big movement afoot in the town to rezone this farm from rural residential to commercial in order to build an office park with some light industry. Members of the cohousing group find themselves in the position of arguing why an office park, which would bring tax revenues to the town, is bad while a cohousing community, which would drain fiscal resources from the town, is good. The argument being used against our proposal is that a 'subdivision' of residential homes costs a town roughly three times more than it brings in in revenues. The costs are primarily for schooling the children of the community, but also include police & fire protection, snow plowing, etc. Any thoughts or countervailing arguments that cohousers have to support our case would be appreciated. What we've come up with so far are: 1) Cohousing communities generally require much less in the way of police intervention that the average neighborhood. 2) Cohousing neighborhoods are designed to have a diverse mix of residents' ages, from single young people through families to elders. Because of this the number of children in the community is often less than that of an average subdivision. 3) For cohousing communities here in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 1/3 to 1/2 of the children attend private schools or are home schooled. 4) People who live in cohousing are generally very civic minded. In the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community in Amherst, MA, there are nine adults presently serving on the elected Town Meeting, out of 36 households. Many others serve on boards of directors or volunteer in organizations. We are giving a public presentation to the Greenfield Town Council on Tuesday, May 7th. Please send your comments to Tad Montgomery: tad [at] shayset.com or at work: (413) 774-7248. _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
thought needed on zoning problem Jill Robinson, May 4 2002
- Re: thought needed on zoning problem Jeff Zucker, May 5 2002
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