Re: Seeking Examples of Cohousing Implementation Plans
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2018 09:39:39 -0800 (PST)
I don't know what you are asking for. Or more accurately, this is a
huge question.
I assume you've read the cohousing books?
So beyond that, what are the holes you are looking to fill?

You've listed so many things I don't know where to start.
For example: I can't in one email, or in three, cover answer to
process policies, community formation, and construction supervision.

Mosaic Commons in Berlin, MA

On Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 9:23 PM, Chris Terbrueggen
<christopher402 [at]> wrote:
> Hello again, I understand that we are all busy , but I am really concerned 
> that no experienced Cohousing communities have shared any inclusive , 
> strategic planning documents. Where do new Cohousing communities go when 
> there appears to be a lack of resources?  The National Cohousing website has 
> a tremendous amount of policy documents , but I have not found any planning 
> documents . Since  we are planning  a community of 45 households, I would 
> think community organization, participation from members and group process 
> would just be the starting point in the planning process. I would appreciate 
> some feedback from Cohousing communities that have taken some time to 
> implement a planning process into community development. Chris
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Mar 1, 2018, at 10:24 PM, Chris Terbrueggen <christopher402 [at] 
>>> wrote:
>> Greetings, I'm a member of CohoMadison in Madison, WI. We now have 
>> reservations on 35 of our 45 units. We are planning a groundbreaking  May 
>> 2018.   We have a great project manager who is handling developer details 
>> and project construction.
>> As a committee member of the Strategic Planning Committee for CohoMadison, I 
>> am seeking examples of planning documents for cohousing community 
>> organization and implementation.  I would like to know what needs to be 
>> accomplished before and after offers to purchase are given to members and 
>> then what needs to be completed 6 months before and after move in.
>> Thanks, Chris Terbrueggen
>> Planning for the next phases. (Brainstorming)
>> 1.    After acceptance of offers-to-purchase
>> o     Process policies (Policies not in the condo documents)
>> o     Community formation
>> o     Practice meals
>> o     Construction supervision
>> o
>> 2.    Several Months before move-in
>> o     Move in issues (use of elevator etc.)
>> o     WiFi, cable etc.
>> o
>> 3.    Operation for the first 3 months
>> o     Circles for: Common space, meals, grounds, guest, etc.
>> Planning for next phases
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(The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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