|Ashland COHO wins their appeal to the City Council..||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Cecile Shohet (cshohetgmail.com)|
|Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 09:47:39 -0700 (PDT)|
The Ashland Cohousing Group would like to let you all know that our appeal to the City Council was successful!!! Due to intense neighborhood opposition at the Ashland City Planning Commission, our project was rejected (December 2004 -January 2005)! We were asking the city for a rezoning - to allow duplexes and a triplex into an area that was zoned for single families. Some of the neighbors were not happy with increased density, parking issues, noise, property values, etc. and felt a rezoning was fundamentally unfair. We decided to appeal to the City Council (January -May 2005) - our plan was to have 13 units on 1.3 acres, 2 of the 13 units would be low income housing and would be built by habitat for humanity volunteers. All the rest of the homes would be affordable - within the reach of people of median income. Additionally, we wanted to add a deed restriction to our homes - that we would sell them at the percentage below market value that we bought them for (we are acting as our own developers). The appeal stirred up dialogue about Ashland's lack of affordable housing and what the City was doing to create housing opportunities for median and low income folks. On paper the City was committed to affordable housing.. Their were numerous letters to the editor etc,. Currently, we are being appealed by some of the neighbors to the State Land Use Board.. This will take about 6 months.. We would like to thank all those of you who helped to guide us through this process with information, ideas and even getting neighbors of cohousing groups across the country to write to our city council with letters of support for co-housing!! Yours, Cecile
Ashland COHO wins their appeal to the City Council.. Cecile Shohet, July 17 2005
- RE: Ashland COHO wins their appeal to the City Council.. Juva DuBoise, July 19 2005
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