Re: drivable emergency access. was RE: "Cohousing Overlay" asZoning Regulation
From: Lyle Scheer (
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 07:49:41 -0700 (PDT)
We used a product called "grasspave", link:

On 3/15/11 7:25 AM, Sharon Villines wrote:
> On 15 Mar 2011, at 10:10 AM, Richart Keller wrote:
>>  The 20' width
>> would also be a way of keeping at least part of the way open for walking,
>> bicycling, etc when being used during the day for deliveries, workers,
>> etc.--we have discussed constructing occasional parallel pulloffs for same
>> although these parking spaces will feel like they are encroaching on lawns
>> and other open space and won't be as convenient for their temporary uses.
>> Using the grass pavers for the pulloffs would help though.
> As our children grow in size and number, the parking lot is becoming very 
> valuable for kids learning to ride bikes, skate, scooter, hopscotch, 
> basketball, etc.  Our walks are narrow for playing and the rest is grass. 
> When kids are just learning they need a wider margin of error and no bumps.
> The parking lot is fenced in so it is safe and parents of middle aged 
> children are relatively comfortable allowing them to play there alone. Thus 
> parking, particularly temporary parking, can be active play space and not 
> dead storage.
> I would keep that in mind when using pavers. Permeable asphalt like surfaces 
> that are smooth might be better for multi-uses. For accessibility the spaces 
> in and between pavers needs to be relatively small. I can't remember for sure 
> but it is something like ¼ inch — small.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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