Re: Need information on Common House use
From: Barbara Smith (
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 14:50:13 -0700 (PDT)
 I'd explain, but even I don't understand, and I'm on the Development Circle. I 
think he sees it as an expense that is unnecessary, and is raising the cost of 
the units. And no, this has nothing to do with the town bylaw. We're just 
trying to be as helpful as possible. I wonder if people in Texas, where there's 
not a lot of zoning, have this problem?ThanksBarbara    On Wednesday, August 
26, 2020, 04:47:05 PM EDT, 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 
Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at:


Results generated by Tiger Technologies Web hosting using MHonArc.