Planning: Working with New Urbanist Masterplan Developers

Katie McCamant & Jim Leach

Since the 1981 building of Seaside, Florida, New Urbanism has become one of the most significant movements in American architecture, planning and development dedicated to providing alternatives to suburban sprawl. Committed to developing the physical settings most likely to support close-knit relationships, cohousing is a perfect fit with New Urbanist development. Learn how to pitch your cohousing community to a New Urbanist masterplan developer. Learn to identify the most attractive opportunities for optimizing the natural advantages of cohousing neighborhoods within the larger context of planned New Urbanist developments.

Jim Leach is president of Wonderland Hill Development Company of Boulder, Colorado, the largest developer of cohousing communities in the United States. Jim is a professional engineer with over 40 years of experience in the design, construction and development of sustainable, planned neighborhoods and communities. He has led the industry in implementing energy-efficient strategies combined with community participation of the future residents. His award-winning neighborhoods have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Association of Home Builders, National Council of the Housing Industry, Urban Land Institute and The Congress of New Urbanism.

Kathryn (Katie) McCamant is a licensed architect and co-author of the book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, She founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett in 1987. The firm, with offices in Berkeley and Nevada City, California, specializes in sustainable design, cohousing, affordable housing, urban planning, and childcare facilities. In 2006, she founded CoHousing Partners with Jim Leach, a cohousing development company, of which she is now president. Kathryn lives with her husband and teenage daughter in the Nevada City Cohousing Community.