Re: Parking usage in cohousing?
From: Evdavwes (
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 03:56:39 -0700 (PDT)
Westwood Cohousing, in Asheville, NC (_www.westwoodcohousing.com_ 
( ) has 50  spaces for 25 units.  We were 
required by 
local zoning codes to have 2  spaces per unit.  We built 10 of those spaces so 
they are less accessible,  stacked behind other spaces, anticipating that many 
would not need two  spaces.  
In practice the 40 accessible spaces have provided for not quite enough  
parking.  Currently in those 40 spaces are about 35 regular cars/trucks, 5  
left over for visitors/customers and loading (not really enough),  and 2 
motorcycles that get slipped in between the cracks.  In the  back-row 
spaces there are two less-used cars (and there has been a  trailer).
One unit has no car, three units have had three cars, and the rest are  about 
evenly split between one and two cars.
We didn't anticipate that some of our members would want to have even a  
smaller ecological footprint than had been intended for them, in that they have 
wanted to share their already small houses with adult roommates (mostly to be  
able to afford to live here).  We have ended up with a few extra cars  because 
of this.
Best,  David Clements
In a message dated 10/4/2005 6:16:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time,  
cohousing-l-request [at] writes:

Can any  urban coho communities supply me with statistics on how many
parking spaces  per unit they are actually using.  1 to 1? 80% to 1? etc.

Martin  Henner
henner [at]


David Clements, Evan  Richardson, Wesley Clements, Lila Richardson
43 Vermont Court,  #G24
Asheville, NC 28806

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