Re: Cottages: Excitement this weekend about the possibilities of low cost cohousing
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2021 12:16:18 -0700 (PDT)
This is wonderful. How would I find the code online — what is it filed under or 

Can you explain the process you used to pass the ordinance? Oregon is 
particularly liberal about everything — but what do you think were the most 
convincing arguments for them? 

ADUs are popping up all over so I think that will increase acceptance of small 

Do you have addresses for these communities? I can look at them on Google Earth.


> On Jun 7, 2021, at 11:34 AM, Melanie Mindlin <sassetta [at]> wrote:
> There is a book that came out in 2011 called “Pocket Neighborhoods” by Ross 
> Chapin.  This helped me pioneer a Cottage Housing ordinance in my small city 
> of Ashland, Oregon during my time on the Planning Commission.  We passed our 
> ordinance about 4 years ago.  A couple of years later, the State of Oregon 
> came out with recommendations for addressing sky-rocketing housing costs, 
> which included cottage housing.
> Since passing the ordinance, our town has built a couple of cottage housing 
> developments of 15 homes (this is a top limit in our ordinance).  Several 
> small developments of 3-5 homes have also been built.  The minimum number is 
> three, and one of these can be an original home of any size.  The ordinance 
> basically allows you to double the number of units allowed on your lot, as 
> long as they are no bigger than 1,000 square feet and average no more than 
> 800 square feet.  There are also requirements for parking in clusters and 
> common open space.  Garages are not encouraged—they count towards your total 
> square footage.  Common buildings are allowed up to 1,500 square feet.  I 
> tried to get it to look as much like a cohousing community as possible within 
> the expectations of our Planning Department.
> You still have to build to Code like everyone else.
> Melanie Mindlin
> Ashland Cohousing
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