Co-housing and Eco-villages… a superb way to have community connection with like minded people.
Community developments are often more cost-effective than individual developments and allow for shared use of space and resources.
Co-housing and eco-villages are similar in that they both address issues of affordability, ecological impact and community building.
They are both usually small, residential projects that have the following features:
- privately owned individual homes
- large multi-use common facilities creating a stronger sense of community
- a healthy balance between community and privacy
- elements of self-management, trust and familiarity
Creating Affordable Communities
The model that is currently favoured by Ian and his team is the affordable housing model that incorporates aspects of co-housing models and eco village models without being an overly lengthy process.
There are many good examples around the world that demonstrate that affordable community is a goal that many people have successfully created. An example of a project that Ian is currently facilitating is here.
Here is a great summary of some of the various development models for housing, with the flowchart below included: https://assemblepapers.com.au/2019/02/21/redesigning-the-housing-market/
Small Time and the related Brookside companies are social enterprises dedicated to providing affordable housing and hence in the “Low Profit” category.