Re: Need information on Common House use
From: Bonnie Fergusson (
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 14:12:16 -0700 (PDT)
Also Passover Seders, I can't believe I forgot to mention those.  We often have 
a Community Seder and then individual families sign up to reserve the Common 
House for private extended family Seders on other nights.  I also often sign up 
for our Common House on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to host my very large 
extended family Thanksgiving because the Common House is big enough for us and 
no one's private home is any more.BonnieSwans Market CohousingOakland, CA    On 
Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 01:47:47 PM PDT, Katie Henry <katie-henry [at]> wrote:  
 I wonder why the planning board is asking about this. Would they ask the 
developer of a conventional condo project why it needs a clubhouse? 

Also, what answer is the planning board looking for? If you tell them that it 
will be busy all the time with a full slate of activities, will they see that 
as a good thing or a bad thing?

Katie Henry

I am with Middlesex Senior Co-housing, which hopes to build the region's first 
senior co-housing development on property we've optioned in Littleton, MA. Our 
plans are before the Littleton Planning Board and among their questions is: why 
do we need a common house? (I know -- this does not strictly relate to the 
zoning bylaw, but we're trying to reassure them in as many ways as possible.) 
One member maintains that a Common House is "never used". Before the next 
Planning Board meeting (in a few weeks) I want to present results of a short 
survey of  co-housing communities' use of their common house. Could anyone out 
there please help us out by answering a few questions?

1. How often is your common house used -- on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?

2. For what purposes do people use your common house? (As many uses as 

Many thanks from all of us in Middlesex Senior Cohousing!Barbara B Smith 
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