Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 210, Issue 4
From: Jennie Lindberg (jennielindberg1icloud.com)
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2021 16:01:57 -0700 (PDT)
People should be aware that Snohomish county is very opposed to multi family 
housing in rural areas. The thought is to keep rural areas rural. This looks 
like a fantastic homestead but it would not be simple (or quick) to legally 
have multiple permanent homes. 
If anyone wants to live in Snohomish county, in Marysville city limits, check 
out Sunnyside Village Cohousing. We are zoned for individual cottages (with 
Common House and community garden) and hope to be building in 2022. 
Jennie Lindberg 
Sunnyside Village Cohousing 

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>   1. Strategies for LowCost Cohousing [was coho/ecovillage land in
>      Washington state (Sharon Villines)
>   2. Re: Strategies for LowCost Cohousing (Brian Bartholomew)
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> Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2021 17:37:32 -0400
> From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com>
> To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org>
> Subject: [C-L]_ Strategies for LowCost Cohousing [was coho/ecovillage
>    land in Washington state
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>> On Jul 5, 2021, at 1:49 AM, Chuck Harrison <cfharr [at] gmail.com> wrote:
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>> I just visited some friends on this property that is available immediately.
>> 20 acres of wonderful possibilities!
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>> https://www.ic.org/advert/20-acre-homestead-in-washington-state/
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> "$675K pre-listing price" ? For 20 acres with livable buildings onsite, this 
> looks like a wonderful opportunity ? if you have a group of people organized 
> for action. Luck like this is not rare ? but you have to have the resources 
> ready to jump in order to take advantage of it.
> 
> In thinking about how to support/encourage cohousers organize low-cost 
> cohousing communities, it seems to come down on all sides as 
> 
> 1. Must have organized core group ready to ramp up fast when an opportunity 
> presents itself.
> 
> There are millions of low cost housing construction materials and 
> techniques?I knew there must be a lot but the range is truly astonishing. And 
> with the web, there are ample images of attractive uses available. The 
> problem: gaining permission to design a community using them.
> 
> A successful application for a zoning variance will be hyper-local. Even if 
> miraculously there should be a nation-wide prohibition of single-family, 
> minimum-lot-size zoning, it would be necessary to understand what this means 
> locally and how to frame your arguments for a specific piece of land. And 
> this will require a core group ready to create or take advantage of an 
> opportunity. 
> 
> 2. Core group members must educate themselves about construction materials 
> and technologies, local zoning, and a range of supportive local contacts and 
> resources.
> 
> It is amazingly easy to attend local agency hearings, kibitz with clerks in 
> offices, figure out who the friendly supporters are likely to be by listening 
> in civic meetings, talk to local construction companies about who can or 
> wants to construct what. 
> 
> There are so many people who recognize the need for low-cost homes that 
> beating that drum doesn?t help. It?s stating the obvious. There are even 
> strong believers in the shortcomings of focusing housing aid on subsidized 
> rentals. The most glaring definition of housing insecurity is literally 
> having no right to a home. No place to live that is unconditionally 
> available, safe, and dry. 
> 
> 3. Learn how to act as a group and practice organizing actions and sharing 
> information.
> 
> An urban planner who led an effort to save a whole neighborhood from becoming 
> a series of cloverleaf intersections of 4-8 lane highways said the most 
> important thing they did without realizing it at the time was naming 
> themselves. Agreeing to become a group and to be visible. The simple fact 
> that they had a name made the city sit up and listen at a time when they 
> hardly knew each other and had no resources much less a plan. 
> 
> If you have your agreements worked out ? not all of them, just the ones you 
> need right now ? then everyone can act quickly because they know they are in 
> agreement.
> 
> In this respect, right now order a copy of Ted Rau?s Who Decides Who Decides?
> 
> https://amzn.to/3hFU7FY
> 
> This is a step by step guide to forming a group in 3 meetings. How to go from 
> a mission to a governance structure and action plan in 3 meetings. It?s an 
> introduction to sociocracy (dynamic governance) complete with various guides 
> to meeting structure, etc. It's unique value is that Ted has sensitively 
> itemized a path of take-no-prisoners steps to get somewhere in each meeting. 
> How to deflect noise and stay focused. To be up front about "this is what we 
> are doing and if you want to do something else, start a meeting down the 
> street.?
> 
> 
> And a new resource for thinking about "missing middle housing.? How 
> multi-household buildings can fit into neighborhoods of one household 
> buildings ? and create walkable communities. Excellent thinking and pictures.
> https://missingmiddlehousing.com
> 
> Voted one of Planetizen's Top Urban Planning Websites of 2019.
> 
> Sharon
> ??? 
> Sharon Villines, Editor & Publisher
> Affordable Housing means 30% of household income
> Cohousing means self-developed, self-governed, self-managed
> http://affordablecohousing.com
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> Message: 2
> Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2021 05:01:21 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Brian Bartholomew <bartholomew.brian [at] yahoo.com>
> To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org>
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Strategies for LowCost Cohousing
> Message-ID: <1855678200.3078265.1625547681092 [at] mail.yahoo.com>
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> In my town, it took ten years for Wal-Mart to be allowed to move from
> one location to another. A block away, the largest space in a
> shopping center stayed empty for forty years. Not one laser tag or
> temporary Halloween maze.
> 
> Brian
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