Re: Inclusionary Zoning and Assessments
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:39:00 -0700 (PDT)
In fact, early in our development (and later, too) we had lots of fears
about who future people would be.  Would they like us, would they be like
us, would they follow our rules, would they participate in community, would
they have large loud parties all night on their porches and decorate their
yards with 7 foot high jesus-in-a-bathtub statues?

We didn't label these "fear" at the time...they were just..."concerns".  We
wanted to protect ourselves.

In the end, NONE of those "concerns" were warranted.  While we get along
with and like some of our neighbors better than others, no one has moved in
who is really not with the cohousing program.  Everyone who even strongly
considers living here *wants to live here because of the people*.  Every
single one.  And in the end, it turns out, that is what matters.

If I could advise my former self and our group, I'd say to quit with the
worrying and trying to come up with rules and policies to keep Them from
moving in.  They won't..We will.  Without any effort on our part.

On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM, Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at]>wrote:

> > A forming and failed group in Florida also found that people could only
> be qualified AFTER the homes were built and offered on the open market.
> Thus a household could participate in the group for 2+ years and then not
> qualify. Plus, the requirement that the homes be offered on the open market
> made the group queasy since they couldn't necessarily educate potential
> buyers.
> We certainly had some of that quesy-ness but it turned out to be
> completely unfounded. Ever person interested in our affordable homes has
> been looking for a way to live in cohousing....
> We are not on public transportation, I don't know if that would be
> different. But we are only attracting people who want cohousing.
> Some of that is small home size.
> -Liz
> Elizabeth Magill
> 508-450-0431
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