Instead of buying your next home from a developer that has laid out the plan for your future community before any resident had a chance to give any input, imagine you were able to get together with like minded people and plan your own neighbourhood community!
“A cohousing community is a type of intentional community composed of private homes supplemented by shared facilities. The community is planned, owned and managed by the residents – who also share activities which may include cooking, dining, child care, gardening, and governance of the community. Common facilities may include a kitchen, dining room, laundry, child care facilities, offices, internet access, guest rooms, and recreational features. Cohousing facilitates interaction among neighbors for social, practical benefits, economic and environmental benefit.”
Cohousing communities have been developed in Canada, United States, and of course Denmark where this all started a few decades ago. Are you interested in beginning an owner-occupied cohousing community in the Waterloo Region in Ontario? I sure am!
This owner occupied community between 12 and 36 dwellings could share common facilities and amenities such as kids play area, a community garden, a maintenance/tool room, guest room, recreation features and potentially a lot more. The purpose to develop this intentional community is to foster a safe and friendly community through participation in community events such as dining together in the common house, movie nights, play dates, gardening and casual conversations in the neighbourhood. Perhaps we can even arrange for this project to have an organic farm, or green energy generation such as solar power and wind turbines.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email email@example.com so that we can gauge the local interest and network a group of interested people together to start the planning process.