Re: How can we get past or change zongin laws?
From: Carol Agate (
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2008 07:06:05 -0700 (PDT)
There is always an appeal process, allowing a variance due to "hardship." Of course, that's not a standard especially applicable to cohousing - but a zoning appeals board that is sympathetic to the concept might be able to find the inability to live in an intentional community is a hardship. ("Hardship" can't be strictly financial.) When I lived in the east every town had a zoning board of appeals. In California it seems that the city council handles the zoning appeals.


On Jun 3, 2008, at 4:18 PM, Lindsay Morris wrote:

So, if zoning seems to be the big impediment to getting things done in the Cohousing world,
How do we change or circumvent zoning laws?

I'm betting that it's been much discussed before I came to this list and there's an article somewhere that someone can point me towards.
Thanks in advance!
-- Lindsay

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