In Peterborough, Ontario, 33 full and associate members have committed to planning and building their own cohousing community.

Building cohousing is different than moving in with a bunch of friends. The sharing of values is probably the most important principal. You can visit your friends, enjoy their company … but when the chips are down you need to understand why you are co-owning and co-running your homes together. Enjoying friends and family can happen outside of your cohousing. You can still have them visit and certainly invite them for a fabulous cohousing pot-luck.

Kawartha Commons, like most cohousing projects, will take time. From their first meeting in 2017, they are projecting a move-in date sometime in 2023.


Quotes from the article, below:

“It takes meetings, meetings, and meetings,” laughs Donovan, when asked what needs to happen to make Peterborough’s first planned cohousing community a reality.

 “Cohousing appeals to people willing to give up a little bit of the things they claim ownership to in order to share with others,” says Kawartha Commons member Scott Donovan, an architect who served a work term in 2013 with a Massachusetts firm with a specialty in cohousing development.

Similar to condominium living in that it features small living units — in the form of detached homes or apartments — cohousing is based on the concept of an “intentional community” that has at its centre shared resources, including a common house with a kitchen and dining room for regular shared meals that residents participate in as desired.


Read the article ….

Kawartha Commons aims to develop and inhabit area’s first cohousing development by 2023


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