|Ashland, Oregon COHO group needs help with intense neighbor opposition...||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Cecile Shohet (cshohetgmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 15:30:47 -0800 (PST)|
Hello COHO friends, I am a member of the Fordyce Street CoHousing Community in Ashland, Oregon. We've reached a juncture where we will either get to build or be finally rejected by the City on our proposal. After two years of hard work: we own our land, plan to have 13 units on 1.3 acres, 2 of the 13 units are low income housing and will be built by habitat for humanity volunteers, all the rest of the homes are affordable within the reach of people of median income. We are really excited about our project, but we've hit a major snag. Due to intense neighborhood opposition (NIMBY'ism) at the Ashland City Planning Commission, our project was rejected! We were asking the city for a rezoning - to allow duplexes and a triplex into an area that was zoned for single families. The neighbors were not happy with increased density, parking issues, noise, property values, etc. and felt a rezoning was fundamentally unfair. Our only recourse is to appeal to the City Council (our hearing is March 1st). As well, we are working intensely with the neighbors to try and lessen their opposition. Right now, we need the help of other COHO communities in two ways (this was advice given to us by COHO consultant): 1. We need documentation of what happens to neighborhood property values after a COHO community is developed (our project is in town, in a neighborhood zoned for single family development, we are putting in mostly duplexes and 1 triplex and asking the City for a zone change) 2. we need letters from neighbors of other COHO projects that love being adjacent to a COHO project, OR, even better, from neighbors that initally were opposed to COHO moving in and then grew to love being next door! We'd really appreciate it if you have property value figures for us from your COHO community (or about COHO projects in general), or if you know of a neighbor(s) who would write a letter describing just how wonderful it is to live adjacent to CoHousing. thanks and enjoy, cecile
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