Zoning for Cohousing
From: Laura Fitch (lfitchkrausfitch.com)
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:09:45 -0700 (PDT)
Check out this link to the overlay zoning that Amherst, MA wrote to allow for 
cohousing like projects.  Look under section 4.5 Open Space Community 


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

lfitch [at] krausfitch.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Liz Ryan Cole [mailto:lizryancole [at] me.com] 
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2010 4:10 PM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Cohousing Weekend - July 16-18 in Conway NH

Hello list - As people who have been in this list for a while know, Pinnacle @ 
Loch Lyme Lodge (a forming cohousing community in Lyme, NH)  owns 120 acres, on 
which we have a 100 year old cabin based business, but are in a town where 
multiple unit housing and clustered housing is essentially disallowed. Having 
done our community building (5 years) we are now presenting a proposed change 
to the zoning ordinance - one that allows cohousing.  (If anyone wants more 
details please write to me off list).  The questions we have for this list are 
two: Has anyone seen cohousing specifically defined as a permissible use?  and 
What reactions would you have to this draft definition...

 CO-HOUSING PROJECT.  A residential development or project on one or more 
contiguous parcels of land,
developed by a group of people who define the community as cohousing and who 
intend to live in the community themselves , designed and built in accordance 
with the co-housing requirements of Article XIII operated as a condominium, 
co-op or similar form which allows for individual ownership of each dwelling 
unit, and including one or more common areas for use by the residents such as a 
shared kitchen, dining area, library, computer room, laundry, greenhouse, 
fitness area, play area or the like

Thanks to anyone who has thoughts on this subject.


Liz Ryan Cole
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