|Re: Alexandria VA wants to group cohousing with Boarding houses - please speak up||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Chris Roth - Communities Editor (editorgen-us.net)|
|Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 09:19:56 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi Ann and all,Thanks for your further message. You will probably be interested to hear that I did get a very courteous and thoughtful letter back from Alexa Powell. I will not forward that to the whole list because she did not specifically give me permission to do that. But I hope I am not breaking any news embargoes by revealing that, according to her email to me, the name is going to be changed away from "cohousing" at an Open House meeting scheduled for April 20. In a possible excess of caution, I'm not comfortable leaking the new name prior to that announcement other than to say that it's not cohousing. :-)
It sounds as if the proposed changes to their code would not generally affect actual cohousing, which can already be achieved through traditional site plans under the town's ordinances, since each unit has its own cooking facilities. What this initiative is opening up is the possibility of unrelated people living together with only shared kitchen facilities on a site if they so choose, something that would require a "full-hearing SUP" to achieve right now. I don't totally understand what that means but it sounds as if she's working toward some really worthy goals and has also taken the feedback about terminology to heart, with the results soon to be revealed.
Thanks again, Chris
Message: 1 Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2021 20:03:49 -0400 From: Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Alexandria VA wants to group cohousing with Boarding houses - please speak up Message-ID: <8465A618-72E7-47DE-96CD-3C5A2598DC40 [at] earthlink.net> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 Hello Chris and all ? First, no one owes any apology for anything regarding this thread on the misuse of the term ?cohousing.? Second, anyone is free to write or say anything to anyone they like about "cohousing ? ? altho' it would be useful if we had a unified definition or language in describing cohousing?s niche place in the housing market. Truth is ? what and when anyone writes is actually none of my business. Chris, thank you for writing to Ms. Powell. You wrote a very good email to her. It was especially good as you were able to show your credentials. (This does not mean everyone has to have ?credentials? to write about cohousing. If you are thinking about, beginning a group, building a community, or living in cohousing ? you have credentials.) I applaud you, Chris, for taking a stand in keeping the definition of cohousing ?clean.? Becca is correct ? if we don?t speak up when we see a misuse of the term the misinformation will continue occluding the unique, innovative housing model cohousing is. So easy to muck it up! (That?s ?u-c-k" w/ an ?M? as in ?Mary? ? just in case ?) In the "Case of Alexandria, Virginia, Misusing the Term Cohousing? I was concerned that nothing go astray as I want to cultivate Ms. Powell for future cohousing projects. ?My" concerns got in the way. I still wonder if it is possible to coordinate our responses to create the best effect when answering these misuses. In re: timing for posting emails ? my emails always seem to post long after I send them. W/ Fred?s help I figured out writing in a word processor then cutting, copying and pasting into the email is not a good thing. WAAAY too big for our email server to handle. So for longer emails I?ll compose in plain text and then export the plain text into the email. For the previous email I sent w/ information about my writing to Ms. Powell ? I wrote that directly into the body of the email. So I don?t know why that one was held up. The ways of the digital universe are deep and mysterious. :-) Best -- Ann Zabaldo Takoma Village Cohousing Washington, DC Member, Board of Directors Mid Atlantic Cohousing Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC Falls Church, VA 202.546.4654 Do you ever get up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and think ? ?That can?t be accurate.? NOTE: I am switching back to: zabaldo [at] earthlink.net. Many apologies!
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Re: Alexandria VA wants to group cohousing with Boarding houses - please speak up Chris Roth - Communities Editor, April 9 2021
- Re: Alexandria VA wants to group cohousing with Boarding houses - please speak up Sharon Villines, April 10 2021
- Re: Alexandria VA wants to group cohousing with Boarding houses - please speak up Ann Zabaldo, April 11 2021
- Re: Alexandria VA wants to group cohousing with Boarding houses - please speak up Chris Roth - Communities Editor, April 9 2021
- Re: Alexandria VA wants to group cohousing with Boarding houses - please speak up Sharon Villines, April 9 2021
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