|Rezoning Help||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Gary Kent (garykentuniserve.com)|
|Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 12:16:57 -0600 (MDT)|
Looking for Rezoning Help: The Roberts Creek Cohousing Group is located on the coast of British Columbia. We are a 35min ferry ride from Vancouver. Our area is rural and semi urban (communters). Roberts Creek (RC) is a rural community within the larger community of the Sunshine Coast. All the communities on the Sunshine Coast are situated along the highway that runs along the coastline. The present zoning in RC is min. 5 acre lots in the Agricultural Land Reserve above the highway. 2 acre lots immediately adjacent to the highway, from the south boundry all the way to the north boundry. Min 1/2 acre lots below the highway all the way to the ocean. We are looking for land on the area below the highway (Min. 1/2 acre - allowing one single family dwelling and a 'guest cottage'). This area is on the bus route, near the school and village centre. This zoning was developed by our regional governments planning department under the guidence of the Official Community Plan of RC (OCP) which was drawn up over a period of three years by a local (elected) community group. It is a generally a good plan with careful restrictions on commercial zoning in order to prevent the usual 'highway strip' of malls, motels & gas stations. The down side of the plan (which was developed by community members anxious to preserve the rural qualities of RC) is that it has allowed the development of 1/2 acre lot subdivisions with one large house plopped in the middle surrounded by lawn. The OCP is now five years old and the most recent elected committee has decided to 'open' up the plan and look at the possibility of creating pockets of higher density zoning. This is where the RC cohousing group comes in. We have been asked to make a presentation to the cttee., regarding cohousing (probably 10 - 15 minutes max). Our tactic is to speak on general terms about the benefits of cohousing in rural communities rather than to ask for 'special' zoning for ourselves. This is where you come in. We are looking for ideas and, if they exist, actual examples of 'cohousing zoning' in a rural community. Our meeting with the OCP is May 10th. Sorry to be so longwinded with the explaination, however we felt the background was important. For replies off list: garykent [at] uniserve.com Thanks. Stacia Leech & Gary Kent Roberts Creek Cohousing Group
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