By Reuel Young, architect and Jane Calbreath, Cohousing Board Member
From the website ( www.ranchosaludvillage.com ): “Our goals include building residences that are beautiful, comfortable, resource efficient and sustainable. Our site design will have extensive common facilities surrounded by a lush landscape and connected by handsome walkways. But we plan to take it two steps further – by creating a true sense of community, and hosting ongoing educational programs at our unique multiversity, located conveniently on site.”
I wanted to share this exciting news. HUD is talking about cohousing! See email below from the woman I work with on Fannie Mae and FHA Project Approvals.
"Wanted to share the attached brochure, HUD DC handed out in our roundtable meeting March 24-26, 2014. You are referenced on Page 2. HUD spoke favorably in regard to CO-Housing. I'm sure you played a huge part in changing their views on the whole concept."
The 14th Annual Mid Atlantic Cohousing Bus Tour IS happening on Saturday, May 17th, 12:30 p-6:30 p.
This year we’ll be visiting three green, sustainable, environmentally friendly built communities in the Washington, DC area: Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring, MD, Blueberry Hill Cohousing in Vienna, VA and Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington, DC. Suburban, urban and ultra, ultra urban. See a LEED certified building. Visit a community that saved an organic farm. Tour the first cohousing community completed in the Mid Atlantic area.
As the American economy recovers, the average new home size has reached an all-time high of 2,300 square feet. This is part of a cultural shift where many Americans are shying away from children sharing bedrooms, and bathrooms are becoming more plentiful and sophisticated. Homes have more than doubled in size since the 1950s, meanwhile vegetable gardens and close relationships with neighbors have declined.
I am thrilled to announce that board member Alice Alexander has agree to serve the Cohousing Association of the US as our new Executive Director. In addition to being a co-founder of the Durham Central Park Cohousing Community in Durham North Carolina, Alice has a tremendous amount of experience working within, and managing non-profit organizations. In recent years Alice has held executive positions with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, and several others.
I happen to be writing an article this month about my experience with designing a composting toilet facility for a nature preserve in southern Kentucky. So let me take a few minutes to summarize (sorry - it is long): Toilet systems that use water to carry the waste product away have recently come under scrutiny due to concerns about availability of water. This is of greater concern in the arid west, but all may be subject to some cost of treatment of the effluent. There are two primary wet systems: connected into a municipal sewer or a septic system.