What general area do you want to locate in? What type of housing do you want – apartment, townhouse, single family? What services or amenities do you want to have located close by? How many homes do you want in your community?* Answering these questions will help define the site criteria.
* A note about community size: Experience has shown that the ideal size for a cohousing community is in the range of 20 to 30 homes. Much less than 20 puts too much pressure on the individual to participate in community activities. Anything larger does not support the development of a close knit community.
The following provides an example of one possible process for defining site criteria:
Development sites are often difficult to find. Many groups spend years looking for a site without success. If you find a site that is “good enough” and there are households who have the financial capacity to commit to purchasing the site, it is worth taking the leap to create community. There are many examples where groups have chosen sites that were less than perfect, but they are now living in beautiful and successful cohousing communities.
Most completed cohousing communities in Canada have found a site using a real estate agent. Although residential real estate agents may have the knowledge required to provide good service in finding a development site, a commercial real estate agent is likely better able to serve.
The information below provides an overview of the services that CDC can provide for this phase:
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