|Neighborhood opposition and Eugene Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: mmaskall (mmaskallpacbell.net)|
|Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2018 18:34:29 -0700 (PDT)|
Tricia and all, I have learned in my 13 year cohousing journey that virtually ALL neighbors are NIMBY. I agree with Katie that it's fear-based. We at Fair Oaks EcoHousing are FINALLY under construction (with move-in expected in Spring 2019). It's our third site, and we've been beaten up a lot by neighbors, despite our best effort to reach out. We're in the Sacramento area, and we have a few homes still available. You might be interested in my Ten Tips for Success in Building a Cohousing Community 1. Join if you can! It's much easier to join an existing community than to start a new one. 2. Appreciate the efforts of others who start a community - they need our support. 3. Get good help. We hired Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions, and that has made a world of difference. 4. Learn all you can. Go to every Cohousing Conference. Buy the Cohousing books. Go to events & ask questions. Get leadership training. 5. Sell your vision to get others on board. 6. Get land as soon as possible. Until you get land, nothing is real. 7. Avoid rezones. Rezones are difficult and contentious. 8. NIMBY abounds. Recognize that virtually everyone opposes development in their neighborhood. Most are NIMBY neighbors, many are BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything.) 9. Persist & avoid getting discouraged. Obstacles are everywhere. Nothing takes the place of persistence. 10. Protect your health. Strive for balance, eat well, have fun, and get enough sleep. Marty Maskall is a web designer, author, and publisher. She has published two books of inspiring quotations: The Attitude Treasury: 101 Inspiring Quotations, and The Athena Treasury: 101 Inspiring Quotations by Women. When Marty visited Southside Park Cohousing in downtown Sacramento in 2003, she fell in love with the beautiful common green. She was inspired by the vision of a friendly community where neighbors know and care about each other. She decided she wanted to live in cohousing. Marty Maskall has been working to build a cohousing community in the Sacramento Suburbs since 2005. Attempts in Orangevale and Folsom failed because of the economy, neighborhood opposition, and zoning issues. With Fair Oaks EcoHousing, it seems the third time is the charm! You can reach Marty at www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org <http://www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org> , mmaskall [at] gmail.com <mailto:mmaskall [at] gmail.com> , or 916-967-2472. A few homes are still available - please check us out. Message: 4 Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2018 18:59:35 +0000 From: Kathryn McCamant <kmccamant [at] cohousing-solutions.com <mailto:kmccamant [at] cohousing-solutions.com> > To: "cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org <mailto:cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> " <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org <mailto:cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Eugene Cohousing (Lynn Dixon) Message-ID: <9E8F1CB4-41A5-4221-815B-8E661C1B4678 [at] cohousing-solutions.com <mailto:9E8F1CB4-41A5-4221-815B-8E661C1B4678 [at] cohousing-solutions.com> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8" Tricia, I must disagree with your assessment of the Oakleigh Meadow situation. I have seen a lot of neighborhood opposition in my 30 years of designing and developing cohousing and affordable housing communities. I work under the assumption that all new projects will have opposition. The only time I haven't seen opposition is when the proposed project was being built on a property that was a known drug den (Berkeley Cohousing). Having spent thousands of hours attempting to work with neighbors, I have come to the view that most of it is driven by fear, and is not very rational. Just as interesting, most all of the oppositions' concerns goes away after you move in. Living next to a construction site is never fun. But after the community moves in, cohousing neighbors are the most conscious neighbors you could ask for. I have a collection of letters collected by Marty Maskall from neighbors that originally opposed an adjacent cohousing project, and ended up really appreciating them as neighbors. One even had their daughter's wedding in the common house. So, I absolutely DO NOT think neighborhood opposition leads to long term resentments. Cohousers are great neighbors, and a plus to any neighborhood. And guess what? Turns out having 2-story condos across the street doesn't destroy your way of life. Katie -- Kathryn McCamant, President CoHousing Solutions Nevada City, CA 95959 T.530.478.1970 C.916.798.4755 www.cohousing-solutions.com <http://www.cohousing-solutions.com>
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