|Zoning patterns||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joyce Thompson (revjatgmail.com)|
|Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:59:53 -0800 (PST)|
Cohousing colleagues, we need help! We are Placitas Sage, a developing senior cohousing community in Placitas, New Mexico. Placitas is a rural/suburban unincorporated area 10 miles north of Albuquerque and about 40 miles south of Santa Fe. We have found a wonderful 11.8 acre site in the foothills of the Sandia mountains and planned to build 20 800-1200 sq.ft. units, but we have just learned the county zoning board is treating us like a *subdivision* and limiting us to only 11 housing units -- restricted to 1 house per acre, like most of the rest of the area. That number is too small, both for community and for financial purposes, for our community. Have any of you persuaded a zoning board in a *rural* area to change the zoning for cohousing from a subdivision, allowing more dense clusters of housing units (condos/casitas) along with a common house and shared land/garden, etc.? Unlike urban areas, our water will come from wells, and septic systems will handle sewage. This seems to be an unusual model for cohousing. Have any of you created cohousing in a rural area with these kinds of systems? We have a good group of committed people, but we face many challenges, especially zoning and water supply issues, before we can proceed. Any suggestions you can offer will be most appreciated Peace, Joyce Thompson Placitas Sage Cohousing
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