our urban village cohousing 

a home of your own, neighbours you know

Milestone summary

1. check feasibility: done

2. build community: in progress

3. find a developer: in progess

In 2015 we met with city councillors and a city planner to see if cohousing lite was doable. They said YES!

We're having regular socials, info sessions and planning meetings to build our membership. Our goal is 15-30 families.  We're also making sure our committed families have opportunities to create strong bonds. 

Finding a site has to occur parallel to community building. We will need to work with a visionary developer in a relationship that offers a win-win situation for all involved. So far, we've met with 8 developers and an architect. 

4. test the model: done

5. check affordability: ongoing

6. build a professional team

Our "cohousing lite" model has never been done in a tower before.  We worked with UBC architect students to find ways to design a tower concept for cohousing and provided ideas for low-rise options as well in April 2016.  

We're researching how other communities addressed this issue and working with VanCity to get data on our ideal neighbourhoods.  We held our first affordability workshop in March 2016.

We've contracted with a facilitator and cohousing expert, Kathy McGenera.  We know, down the line, we may need other consultants to help us work with developers and design our common space.