Re: Cohousing in Land Use Code
From: Fred H Olson (
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 05:08:36 -0700 (PDT)
John Beutler <jabeutler [at]>
is the author of the message below.  It was posted by
Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at]>

The PDF of the "amendment" is at
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It's a bit old, but we wrote this text amendment for cohousing in
Frederick, MD some time ago.  Then what got developed was done under a
PUD, which has had some negative consequences.



On 10/30/2011 2:13 PM, Melanie Mindlin wrote:
> I wonder if any of you know about local land-use code that addresses
> pedestrian-accessed housing?  This is the term we're using to
> describe what makes cohousing and similar projects different from the
> norm from a land-use point of view.  I'm on the Planning Commission
> of Ashland, Oregon and, with the mayor's encouragement, am
> investigating ways to lower the barriers to cohousing communities.
> We already have "planned unit development"/"performance standards"
> that address a lot of the issues but believe we could do better with
> language specific to these kinds of communities, which could include
> increased density in exchange for less road coverage.
> I would appreciate any leads you have to existing land-use code of
> this nature.
> Thanks,
> Melanie Mindlin
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