Re: Re: Looking for examples of cohousing being part of a larger development
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 08:47:30 -0800 (PST)
A group in Florida also received very good responses from developers who were willing to build for cohousing groups within their development. The group was never able to agree on a development they all wanted to live in but the response, I thought was very fair.

For those who don't know how this works, developers have large tracts of land on which they have zoning and construction permits to approval to build a set number of houses in specific designs. The roads and underground infrastructure are fairly set. People purchase lots on which one of the approved house designs is built. There are as well a number of options can that be chosen.

Often in these developments the roads will end in a circle or cul de sac. The developers were offering to build any houses the households chose around one of these areas, with a commonhouse following one of the schemes if they could afford it.

This way the group is able to build very quickly and have the cost and time savings of a large development. Each household is purchasing from the developer and can take advantage of any mortgage deals the developer has negotiated as well.

In Florida which seems to be building a million new square feet of housing every 5 minutes, there is always something available which is one thing that makes cohousing hard there. There is so much new and inexpensive housing available, the competition for a planned community that takes effort is very great.

Sharon Villines
Building Community: A Guide to Creating New Neighborhoods

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