Is cohousing the model you and your group want to work with to develop a neighborhood?
While all of Laytonville Ecovillage could be a cohousing development we are developing a small “pocket neighborhood” between parcels #2 and #3. Since each parcel can support two single family homes, we have created a design that would “cluster” four homes close to the property line and offer a shared community septic system and shared well. The homes and assorted outbuildings could comfortably and affordably support twelve people, substantially bring down the costs of development, and allow you to create the social and legal entity you feel is the best fit for your group.
The shared septic and water system will come with legally-binding “sharing agreements,” which include maintenance schedules and costs. These documents will function much like a road association: you share the road and you agree to take mutual responsibility for the road.
While many cohousing communities are large (20–100 units), we feel that this pocket neighborhood offers many benefits of cohousing, plus a large volume of open space.