Re: Need help - zoning
From: Fred-List manager (
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:19:30 -0700 (PDT)
Wendy Willbanks Wiesner <wwiesner [at]>
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Hello Ty,

I just gave a presentation to a roomful of planners and a few of them
highlighted how helpful it would be to have a cohousing designation within
local zoning code.  Having this available would be a positive, proactive
step; planners could actually refer to something in writing that says
cohousing is allowed and that it has certain well-conceived guidelines that
have been honed by various municipalities with prior experience.

It seems the closest thing we can reference here today is the scant
presence of ecovillage zoning.  Here a piece written by Diana Leafe
Christian:  (Thank you, Diana!).

Possibly we start with the original Ecovillage Zoning designation pioneered
by Dandelion Village in Bloomington, IN (as referenced in Diana's post)?
Ecovillage zoning addresses a broader array of issues than most cohousing
communities currently require, thus casting a larger net to cover a wide
swath of possibilities that might arise as cohousing communities
organize/develop/build in increasingly sustainable fashion.


Wendy Willbanks Wiesner
Executive Director
Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC)

On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:45 AM, Ty Albright <tmalbright [at]> 

> Hey Cohousers - can you tell me:
> 1). I need actual examples of what zoning (land use) designations other
> municipalities / cities have used to allow cohousing.
> 2). Do you have suggested language to describe the zoning land-use that
> would allow cohousing - but also be broad in scope to allow cohousing like
> developments?
> I'm working with the City of Denton Texas on a tiny house village for
> homeless veterans - we have explained to them the benefits of cohousing and
> how we plan to use "cohousing like" strategies for design and resident
> formation - the city is supportive and has offered to develop for approval
> a
> new "Cohousing" land use designation.  If this is successful it could be a
> home run for cohousing elsewhere - people could point to Denton Texas as an
> example where municipalities are recognizing cohousing.
> The lead for the land use / zoning group is preparing a proposal for city
> approval - and has asked for help to identify what other municipalities /
> locations have done.
> If you can share any feedback / actual examples that would be much
> appreciated - thanks
> Ty
> Ty Albright Project Management
> Little Red Hen LLC
> 214-336-7952
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