|Re: Need help - zoning||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:19:30 -0700 (PDT)|
Wendy Willbanks Wiesner <wwiesner [at] affordablecohousing.org> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> due to a format problem. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- 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: http://gen.ecovillage.org/en/node/8767. (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 Wendy Willbanks Wiesner Executive Director Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC) On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:45 AM, Ty Albright <tmalbright [at] verizon.net> wrote: > > 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 > <mailto:tmalbright [at] verizon.net> tmalbright [at] verizon.net > <http://www.linkedin.com/in/tmalbright> www.linkedin.com/in/tmalbright
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