What is Cohousing

“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 my 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 neighbours for social practical benefits, economic and environmental benefits.” - wikipedia.org

Cohousing Characteristics

  • Participatory Process - residents participate in regular meetings for planning, design and development of the community so it directly corresponds to the dynamics and needs of the people involved.  All decisions are based on consensus.
  • Neighbourhood Design - the neighbourhood is designed to encourage community interactions in daily living including tightly clustered housing around a common house or pathway, parking on the periphery, usable common spaces between and around dwellings.
  • Private homes - community members have self-contained units with kitchens, bedrooms, living spaces allowing for privacy.  Homes are often smaller footprint because of the shared common facilities
  • Shared Common Facilities, Spaces and Amenities - these are an integral part of the community.  These facilities include a Common House for shared meals, meetings, gatherings, celebrations, children’s play room, guest room, laundry facilities and much more… facilities can also be a workshop, a pond, a chicken coop, recycling shed, composting, bicycle storage and more...