Re: Zoning Statue that mentions Cohousing?
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:33:43 -0700 (PDT)
Eileen —

This subject has been covered on this list in the past.  You might check the 
archives and see what you find.

In summary … cohousing is plain ol’ condo development.   Legally and 
financially we’re just a condo or co-op.  No particular zoning is required. We 
fit right in.  Some communities have had cohousing zoning created in their 
municipality but it’s really not necessary unless there is no condo/co-op, 
cluster or multi-family zoning in the municipality.

Creating cohousing has enough challenges w/out having to create a zoning 
statute.  Personally, I don’t want cohousing to raise any eyebrows or 
questions.  The more different or unique we are the harder it is for the powers 
that be to wrap their heads around what we’re doing.  So when I talk w/ 
government or financial people … we’re just a condo.

Good luck in your quest to build cohousing, Eileen.  It’s an exciting 
adventure.  Let us know your progress.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

As long as you have two or fewer … your ducks are always in a row.  The Covert 

> On Mar 20, 2018, at 5:07 PM, <leenaree [at]> <leenaree [at] 
>> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I am interested in learning the zoning conditions under which projects have
> been approved - Single Family High Density, Multi-Family, some kind of
> cluster.  I am particularly interested in hearing about any statutes that
> address cohousing requirements specifically.  Here in Marysville, WA, both
> Cohousing and Cottage Development were mentioned specifically in the 2015
> Comprehensive Plan, but only cottage development has any statute governing
> it.  I am looking to provide examples to the Marysville City Council in
> hopes of establishing a friendly environment for cohousing.
> Thanks,
> Eileen McCabe, Tammany Commons Cohousing
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