Re: Rural Cohousing Community on 4 Acres?
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 07:39:50 -0700 (PDT)
This is, in part, a zoning question--what does your zoning say is allowed?
And a water question--will you be on a town water supply or a well,
and how much water will the well produce?
And a septic question--does the land have a good perc? That is, does
stuff sit on the top or go down into the soil?
And also an affordability question--more houses cost less per house,
assuming you are selling the property to the LLC, and that the people
are buying a share of the property when they buy their home.

We have 67 acres and built on 12 I believe--two communities of 34
households each. We wanted open fields and also to leave a great deal
of the land wooded.

This is one of those questions that you want to have a developer
for--they know how to find all the professionals who find all those
answers and how to balance all those components into a sellable

Liz Mosaic Commons Cohousing Berlin, MA
(Where we have argued whether we are "rural" as there are farm animals
in town, fields around us, but a mall only a mile away. I'm in the
"its not rural if it has a mall" camp.)

On Thu, Aug 6, 2020 at 6:32 AM Mark Owkes <mark.owkes [at]> wrote:
> We are creating a 41 unit cohousing community in Bozeman, MT.  The 5.3 site 
> is long and narrow and has a 1 acre wetland on the far end, so the 
> developable area is ~4 acres.
> Best,
> Mark
> Bozeman Cohousing
> On Aug 5, 2020, 12:48 AM -0600, David Oesper via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
> [at]>, wrote:
> > In the quest to build Mirador Astronomy Village or something like it, I am 
> > looking at the possibility of building a cohousing community on 4 acres I 
> > already own in southwestern New Mexico.
> >
> > The 4-acre parcel of land is 660 ft. E-W and 264 ft. N-S with a N-S road on 
> > the west side of the property.
> >
> > My question is, roughly speaking at least, how large a cohousing community 
> > could be built on this parcel of land? How many houses?
> >
> > Thanks much,
> >
> > David Oesper
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(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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