Re: Eugene Cohousing
From: T G (
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2018 14:46:37 -0700 (PDT)
Maybe you could explain some of the things that the Eugene cohousing group
did to try and work with the neighbors, types of compromise that were
offered that they were unwilling to accept? This could be beneficial to
other groups facing this type of opposition. Maybe others could talk about
things they did to address the concerns of the existing neighbors when they
built their co housing communities.

I do think it is important that groups moving into an already established
neighborhood need to respect the concerns of the established neighbors. It
is a bit self centered to not think you will need to work together with
people that will be your future neighbors, people you will see on a daily
basis. Ideally it would be great to be in a situation where they can become
a part of your community.

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> Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2018 16:52:21 +0000
> From: Kathryn McCamant <kmccamant [at]>
> To: "cohousing-L [at]" <cohousing-L [at]>
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Eugene Cohousing
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> I would not be so quick to jump to conclusions.
> It is hard to compromise with people who are unwilling to compromise and
> see reason. The project fit within the existing zoning and density for the
> property. Fewer homes would have significantly raised the prices and priced
> most of the community members out.  The fact that Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing
> has won these repeated appeals, and that the City has repeatedly
> re-approved the project should tell you something about the nature of the
> opposition.   While the delay has been hard for the community, it was still
> the least expensive option for them.  Once it's built, I have no doubt that
> the community will be a great asset to the neighborhood.
> This type of useless neighborhood opposition, and the American resistance
> to any reasonable density (afterall, we are just talking 2-story townhomes
> with plenty of room for gardens) within established cities is only adds to
> keeping housing prices high and cities car dependent.
> I hope the larger cohousing community will support those communities that
> run into unreasonable neighbors..... unfortunately, this kind of
> unreasonable fear has killed or lessened many a good project.
> Katie
> --
> Kathryn McCamant, President
> CoHousing Solutions
> Nevada City, CA 95959

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