our urban village cohousing 

a home of your own, neighbours you know

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we have our developer and our site!

Tomo Spaces + Happy City Labs + OUV 

Nearly 2 years after our first information session and after 14 meetings with developers, we are happy to announce that we have found our partner - Tomo Spaces.  From the beginning we knew our version of cohousing would only work with a developer who shared our vision of a new housing model for Vancouver.

Tomo has just the model we were searching for. Tomo stands for "together more," a name that reflects the belief that how neighbours interact is key to designing housing. 

Tomo believes that sustainability, sociability and affordability are interconnected. By finding synergies in these three goals, Tomo aims to offer a new housing choice.  

We are pleased to announce our new home will be at 5811 Main Street.  Read all about it in the August 2017 article in the Globe and Mail.

we're co-housing lite

We are creating a new kind of multigenerational community where we each have our own apartment and our neighbours are already our friends.  We are adapting the cohousing model to reflect the realities of high housing costs in Vancouver. 

We call our model "cohousing lite."  Instead of designing our village from scratch as most communities do, we've found an innovative developer who owns land and wants to create a new housing model for Vancouver. Each of us wil buy our own self-contained unit in Tomo House. The plans include a common space with kitchen and dining area for regular shared activities and a guest suite for visitors.

We are a positive, energetic, community-minded people who agree that it takes a village to raise a child and enrich the lives of adults. Our goal is to have 1/3 of our units for young families, 1/3 folks who are still working and 1/3 retirees.

progress report

We've been hard at work.  We've:

  • met with 3 city councillors
  • met with a city planner
  • reached consensus on vision and values
  • met with 13 developers and an architect
  • held 6 workshops
  • held 3 public info sessions
  • hired our facilitator, Kathy McGrenera
  • been selected as a project by UBC School of Architecture
  • found our developer with a site (Tomo Spaces)!
  • submitted our rezoning application  Nov 2017
  • Participated in City's neighbourhood open house for our project
Members to date:

  • 9 Equity households

Tomo Spaces has partnered with Happy City Labs to bring the most current research to this project.

Award winning journalist Charles Montgomery asks in his book, Happy City"Can we design cities to maximize interaction and increase happiness?"

Happy City Labs conducts ground breaking research on how to design multi-family housing with social interaction in mind. Many of the principles in their June 2017 Toolkit will be used by Tomo.

"We’ve gathered evidence from psychology, neuroscience, public health and other fields to identify how design influences sociability in multi-family housing."

Read all about our partners and cohousing lite's approach on Tomo's website.


coming events

Urban Design Panel for Tomo/OUV project
Wed Feb 21, 5:15pm
Open to everyone
Town Meeting Hall, 1st Floor City Hall

SAVE THE DATE for our next business meeting 

Sun Feb 25– 9am-12:30pm

Athlete Village Co-op, 151 West 1st ave.
Facilitated by Kathy McGrenera.

Social event at Quayside Village 
March 2018

First Canadian Cohousing Conference
April 28-29th

smart living: how much space do you need?

We think we can live smaller (and better) with great architectural design and furniture.

 Happy City's Charles Montgomery's  TED talk