Re: Feedback Requested Cohousing Plan
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2006 16:41:11 -0700 (PDT)
In my opinon, this notion has failure written all over it. Too many
unrealistic projects and uncontrollable elements to make this work.  For
example, this seems to presume that people will stay members for a full two
years and that everyone will start their two year tenure at the same time.
Not a likely event. I could go on shooting holes in this notion but it would
be pointless. And of course, I have been wrong before...maybe miracles do

Rob Sandelin
Naturalist, Writer
The Environmental Science School
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Subject: [C-L]_ Feedback Requested Cohousing Plan

Forming Cohousing  -- Economic Eco-Village

This plan will ask members to work at regular jobs for two years and save
most, if not all of their money. After two years, the members will buy land
and materials for standard stick built efficient homes. Each member will own
their house and control their own finances.
One weekend per month the members will work for food and utilities.
During the two years housing will be provided by a sponsor for the members
and in return the sponsor will receive one land portion for the two year
rental fee. During the two year period members will share a room with one
other person. Each member will be asked to participate in on going classes
for one or more construction skills. The details will be posted on a web
site (underdevelopment) and will be known by all members in detail prior to
being accepted into the program. Modifications to the details and control of
the common land will be done by the group during the two year period and
Final location has not been decided. The houses will be build to standard
building codes except to allow for clustering if wanted by the group. An
extensive application for membership will be required.
I am interested in comments on what I have put up here. A realize more
detail is needed for in depth comments.

Thank You ... Dean

Dean Fenton
Economic Eco-Village
Laurel Trail
Glastonbury CT 06033

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