|Re: 12 Unit Cohousing - Too Small?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: eva (evaolympus.net)|
|Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 05:20:56 -0700 (PDT)|
We are in the process of developing an 8-unit cohousing community just outside of Port Townsend, Washington. We know that it is pushing the boundaries of smallness, for all the social and work-related issues discussed, but the site is unlikely to be able to accommodate more homes for a variety of reasons (slope, runoff, septic, road). Chuck Durrett did our feasibility study, and initially wanted to talk about more density, until he saw the site. He talked about small (in the 8-unit range) cohousing developments that are happening in Denmark - it seemsdoable.
We are not so close to Port Townsend that members can walk to stores or other social events, but we do have over 16 acres of wilderness thatpeople can hike around in and be alone in nature.
It will be interesting to see how the "enough labor to get it done"thing works out. In community, Eva Holm
www.newtcrossing.org  On 2020-09-19 23:30, Doug Huston via Cohousing-L wrote:
We are on 1.3 acres with 13 units (townhouses) for 13 years now. A couple of things we often have said about our size is when it's good it's very sweet, and when it's not so good - there's nowhere to hide. And there are much of the same tasks to be done as with a larger community, but with less members do to it. We are very much 'in town' in a city/town of 20,00 population in Ashland Oregon where we recently had terrible fires. We did have to have it rezoned for increased density which resulted in the seemingly obligatory opposition by neighbors. We ultimately succeed after a prolonged journey. We self-developed (think hard about that before doing it - or don't do it). Two-Acre Woods in Sebastopol, CA is also a similar sized cohousing community. - Doug Huston (Ashland Community Cohousing) On Sep 19, 2020, at 4:42 PM, fergyb2 via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> wrote: I believe Doyle Street Cohousing in Albany, CA where Chuck and Katie Durrett once lived is a similar size but also in an urban environment. Also New Brighton Cohousing in Santa Cruz County, CA is small. Usually the trade off is more intimacy in a small community vs maybe not enough folk to do the necessary work. Bonnie Fergusson Swans Market Cohousing Oakland, CA Sent from my iPad On Sep 19, 2020, at 4:21 PM, Scott Wild <wildscott [at] gmail.com> wrote: First listserv post so bear with me! We recently met some kind, motivated folks forming a cohousing group around a 1.5 acre parcel near a small city. They're aggressively pursuing the parcel as land in the area is rare, expensive, and zoned for large single family homes. Due to zoning restrictions they're planning on 12 approx. 1,000-1,500 sq ft cottages, and don't seem immediately interested in lobbying the city for more dense permitting - a la duplex/quadplex construction. Does anyone have familiarity with smaller cohousing communities? I'm aware of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing, which seems quite successful at 9 units, but they're in a fully urban environment. Thanks for your input! Scott _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://L.cohousing.org/info _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://L.cohousing.org/info
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- Re: 12 Unit Cohousing - Too Small?, (continued)
- Re: 12 Unit Cohousing - Too Small? fergyb2, September 19 2020
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