Re: State Legislative Suggestions/Models
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2019 12:57:11 -0700 (PDT)
Ann — I totally agree w/ Philip in re: incentives and site planning. The State 
will have some authority as we have seen Oregon itself eliminating single 
family zoning.  

Oregon is LITTERED w/ cohousing. (That’s a litter problem I’d love to have … )  
 It might be useful to spend a little amount of time surveying some of the 
communities’s founders asking what changes would have made building cohousing 
easier for them.  You might find a constellation of issues that might be 
addressed by State legislation.  But … as Philip said more likely it’s going to 
be local building requirements.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

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> On Sep 11, 2019, at 3:28 PM, RPD iCloud via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> For better or worse, housing development is mostly governed by local zoning 
> and subdivision law.  This local law is a function of local tradition and 
> geography, local community sentiment and politics, and the interactions and 
> ambitions of local developers and landowners.  While it’s possible to pursue 
> the intellectual exercise of “model legislation” as a universally useful 
> template, the chances of any locality saying Wow, this is just what we 
> wanted, aren’t particularly good.  Nor will much good come out of a state 
> trying to dictate development policy to the local level.
> In my opinion, the best way for a progressive state government to promote 
> cohousing — and affordable housing generally — is to invent and maintain a 
> program of incentives for localities to increase allowed density (dwelling 
> units per acre), and to better tolerate site design flexibility strategies 
> like cluster zoning, PUDs, and multi-family building types.
> Thanks,
> Philip Dowds
> Cornerstone Cohousing
> Cambridge, MA
> On Sep 11, 2019, 2:05 PM -0400, Ann Lehman <ann [at]>, 
> wrote:
>> My State Rep (Oregon), Rob Nosse is offering to meet with us and talk about 
>> any legislative suggestions to promote cohousing. I’m looking for model 
>> legislation or suggestions?
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