Jenny of CoHousing Solutions
On the night of April 13th, I had the pleasure of witnessing the joyful celebration after Fair Oaks EcoHousing received a unanimous (4-0) vote from the Sacramento County Planning Commission to approve all their project requests for development! This decision came on the heels of a number of successes for this 11-household strong cohousing group. In September, Fair Oaks EcoHousing received unanimous approval from both the Fair Oaks Planning and Advisory Council and Sacramento County Design Review Advisory Committee.
At the meeting, CoHousing Solutions’ Katie McCamant gave the project overview presentation to the commission and four future residents spoke of their vision and excitement for the project to come to fruition. Last night’s unanimous vote starts a new stage of blooming for this cohousing group, and affirms the project’s fit for this community. The 4 Planning Commissioners granted their decision with the “highest praise” for cohousing as a community-focused model and most especially, as a housing type well suited to Sacramento County’s goal of building sustainable, safe and environmentally-friendly neighborhoods.
Construction on the cohousing site at Fair Oaks Boulevard & New York Avenue will begin early next year, with estimated early 2017 move-in. The community’s land is located close to Fair Oaks Village, Rudolf Steiner College, and the picturesque American River Bike Path (celebrated by the generous 60 bike parking spaces outlined in the site plan); with Fair Oaks 18 miles from downtown Sacramento.