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Transition Whatcom's Great Unleashing "Community Living Working Group" welcomes all to share ideas, inspiration and resources for Co-housing, Cooperative Living and Ecovillage development here.

Location: Bellingham
Members: 66
Latest Activity: Jun 26

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- Al Gore

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Rental Opportunity at Inspiration Farm

Started by Brian Kerkvliet Jan 22. 0 Replies

Newly remodeled beautiful 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1200 square foot home on 1 acre. On Laurel Rd. between Guide Meridian and Hannegan Rd. Bright and sunny, with good southern exposure. Nice pastoral views.…Continue

Dedicated Family seeking community/place to build a structure

Started by Nicole Styles Oct 29, 2013. 0 Replies

The Styles Family is ready to live in a sustainable structure that we build ourselves, to be the change we wish to see in the world. But we have no land of our own and are seeking the right space to…Continue

Awesome, Affordable Room for Rent in Sunnyland available Feb 1st

Started by Bruce Horowitz Jan 10, 2013. 0 Replies

Room for Rent   in Sunnyland available Feb 1st Good-size Bedroom with large closet in quiet apartmentin kid-friendly, gluten-free, eco-conscious household. Great location, good neighbors and fabulous…Continue

Room for Rent at Oasis

Started by Shana Lewis Dec 30, 2012. 0 Replies

Hey ya'll community-minded folks. We are looking for an active, emotionally mature person (preferably female) to join us in our community household here on the Southside of B'ham (Happy Valley),…Continue

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Comment by Jeffrey Utter on June 13, 2010 at 9:57pm
Fabulous!
Where can we find examples of this being used here in Whatcom County...or elsewhere in Washington State?
Comment by Renata Beata Kowalczyk on June 12, 2010 at 10:59pm
Link to the listing of the NW Intentional Communities....
http://nica.ic.org/iclist/
Comment by Travis Linds on June 11, 2010 at 8:24pm
I added discussions inline with what we discussed at the potluck, please provide input and check them out, You need to click "View All" to see all of them.
Comment by Joseph Ford on June 10, 2010 at 10:42pm
Thanks all for a nice evening. My wife Catherine brought up the Lammas eco village in Wales and there was a request for a link to it. Here it is: http://www.lammas.org.uk/ecovillage/index.htm
Comment by Jeffrey Utter on June 10, 2010 at 5:42pm
I spent some time on the phone with Amy Keenan of Whatcom Planning Dept today. Interesting parameters around land use...some explaining why eco-villages are not so common.
Cluster housing is an option, however the lots have to be portioned out in subdivision style on no less than 1/2 acre per lot with a single family residence on that parcel. Most areas where ecovillages are feasable are going to be zoned R-5, that is one residence per 5 acres. Which means for 10 housing units 50 acres of R-5 land is required. There are areas where higher density butts up against less dense such as in Urban growth areas around Ferndale, Bellingham & Lynden, but most of that land is already owned or slated for development.
Additionally, for facilities such as an educational center, a Conditional Use Process is required. The process is designed to assure that there is proper traffic flow, septic potential, parking, and other commercial utility functions.
In short, it is possible to build an ecovillage...it just may not be easy to locate it in Whatcom County. At least not w/out a fair bit of magic or other socially unexplainable phenomenon.......if ya know what I mean!
Sorry to miss the potluck tonight.....
Aprovecho!
Jeffrey
Comment by Renata Beata Kowalczyk on June 10, 2010 at 1:36pm
Great story from Missoula on how developers and farmland advocates have disagreed over how best to preserve Missoula's remaining prime soil, but now they seek solutions both can dig....check out this article....
http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/gyrobase/common-ground/Content?...
Comment by Dawn Griffin on June 3, 2010 at 11:51pm
Hi,

I've just joined TW and am hearing wonderful things about this group from Renata and others. I'm looking forward to meeting some of you in person next Thursday at the potluck.

In the meantime I would like to offer a link to a vision statement draft for a "Community Supported Center" idea I've been working on that may have some applications to this discussion. I bring this only as a starting point offering with the hope that many people will help shape it with the dreams they have been carrying.
http://www.avanoo.com/o/f2faf9c017342336ad73fe4c9d393e80
Comment by Ashley Tula Benem on May 31, 2010 at 10:43pm
I hope I am not over stepping the concept of this group, but I would like to post that I am looking for co-housing people to come and live with me in my home. I have two bedrooms available. Rooms for rent with closets on the main floor next to bathroom, in a beautiful Craftsman style home in the Columbia/Fountain neighborhood just off Meridian. Right on bus line and close to downtown. Lots of storage in shop. Off street parking. Rent is $300.00, includes all utilities and is month to month. Asking for first and last months rent upfront, no additional deposit. Please pass this along if you know someone who might fit.

I look forward to a greener, wholer, more tribal was of living.
Thanks, Ashley Benem 360-927-5040.
Comment by Travis Linds on May 29, 2010 at 8:11pm
I added the event for the potluck,
http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/community-living-group-pot...
please RSVP and include what you plant to bring.
Comment by Jeffrey Utter on May 29, 2010 at 8:46am
Its like were in community already.
Hey, has anybody seen the rototiller?
I'm in for zero energy housing...anybody else interested.
 

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