From: Oliveau (
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 11:33:00 -0800 (PST)
Hey Charles,
    Our zoning was 3 acre minimum.  But they has a  "Rural Hamlet" option 
which allowed for closer spacing of the houses in return  for a large area of 
common open space.  You should talk to the zoning  people and see if they have 
clustering option of some sort.  
    The other thing to do is go for a zoning exception,  but this involves 
more legal time and money.
    A third option is to design the community with 5  acre lots, but layout 
the geometry so that the houses are close together.   I've seen very extreme 
examples of this where the houses are all on tiny  "pipe stems" which run along 
a twisted path to large acreage far away.
Hope that helps,
-Kevin Oliveau
Catoctin Creek Village
In a message dated 11/8/2007 2:25:46 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
balaji [at] writes:

Dear  Group:

The county where we likely will build has a 5 acre minimum for  residences.
They have no experience with cohousing.  Has anyone out  there had
experience with this  problem?


Utah Valley Cohousing  Community


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