|Re: Possible Cohousing/Permaculture based farm project near Ann Arbor, MI||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:26:51 -0800 (PST)|
Carolyn Dyer <cdyer1621 [at] gmail.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleting quoted digest and restoring subject line. Digest subscribers, please delete most of quoted digest and restore subject line when replying. See http://justcomm.org/jc-faq.htm#Q7 -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Possible Cohousing/Permaculture based farm project In Iowa City, the zoning scheme specifies density on property and an option for a "planned unit development" which allows developers to meet the basic principles of the particular zone by alternative means, such as clustering homes and leaving surrounding area within the whole parcel undeveloped. We have to meet a lot of the specific requirements of the zone, such as building setbacks from roads and distance between buildings, etc. Given the description of your property, the reason for the 2-acre lot requirement might be to avoid big dense subdivisions with 10 houses per acre, for example, because other houses in that zone are McMansions whose owners have sought out the quasi-rural setting away from the masses. Alternatively, the reason might be that it is in an area not now served by utilities, such as city water and sewer and a road paved to support the heavy traffic a big subdivision might generate, and the local government does not plan to extend those services at this time to the area. In that case, proposing a dense settlement on just part of the property, but not exceeding the overall average of one house per 2 acres over the entire parcel and building your own septic system and getting water from wells might be regarding as meeting the basic requirements. Carolyn Dyer Iowa City Cohousing Building Prairie Hill http://iowacitycohousing.org
Re: Possible Cohousing/Permaculture based farm project near Ann Arbor, MI David Heimann, January 11 2015
- Re: Possible Cohousing/Permaculture based farm project near Ann Arbor, MI Fred-List manager, January 13 2015
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