Re: So what does it cost?
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 16:55:17 -0700 (PDT)
My advice, call the local municipality and ask for a meeting with a local
governmental planner. Bring a list of questions with you such as, What firms
are doing multi-family real estate in the area, what are projects that have
been done in the past couple of years. Take that list of names, look up
their phone numbers and see if you can buy somebody from one of those firms
lunch at a nice place in exchange for some practical advice.  The companies
that are doing this in your area will be a wealth of practical, useful
information about everything from which local planner to avoid, to what
electricians are best to hire and why. Development costs and issues are
largely local in extent, and so those who do that work for a living know the
local waters and can give you the best and most accurate advice, and maybe
you will end up hiring them to manage your project.  

The wonderland development company, which has done a bunch of cohousing
projects, used to have materials about development stuff and they might also
be a good source. 

Rob Sandelin
Sharingwood Cohousing
Naturalist, Writer
The Environmental Science School
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