Attachments / Re: [C-L]_ Architectural Review
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 10:47:39 -0700 (PDT)
Below is a message "Re: [C-L]_ Architectural Review" from Laura Fitch
which refers to a document that was attached to the message that was
posted.  However since cohousing-L does not distribute attachments,
the document is not included.  For details about the attachment policy, 

I tried to convert it to html and put it on the web but I could only read
the table of contents.  My guess is that it uses a font I don't have. So
temporarily it is available at:

If someone is able to read it and convert it to html, please send me a 
copy of the html version and I will put it in the
"Files mentioned in Cohousing-L messages" section at

Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at]>

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Here is the document that our design review committee uses.  While it 
appears very length and awkward, our process is typically quite simple and 
informal - we waive a lot of the requirements for small projects, or which 
we have had many.  Mostly we require TIMELY notification, talking to 
neighbors, and drawings.

Good luck,


Laura E. Fitch, AIA, LEED
Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc.
110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002

lfitch [at]

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "OCC11NG" <normangauss [at]>
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:11 AM
Subject: [C-L]_ Architectural Review

> Our community is wrestling with the requirement in our CC&R's of an 
> Architectural Committee.  I know that in typical common-interest 
> developments, there is usually some kind of review body that evaluates 
> proposals to make changes in community-owned facilities, most commonly 
> landscaping, walkways, and building exteriors.  These typical homeowners 
> associations are set up with governing  boards that set the standards.
> In our community, the mere mention of the term "governing board" sends 
> shivers of revulsion throughout our membership.  Nevertheless there is a 
> recognition of the need to have some control over the esthetic appearance 
> and quality of the resulting changes.   We regard ourselves more as a 
> cohousing association than a condominium, although our legal foundation 
> specifies that we are a condominium.
> Can anyone out there in cohousing land give me some ideas on ways that the 
> community assets can be protected from poorly planned or executed projects 
> that may end up being ugly or shoddy?
> Norm Gauss
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