Last updated: October 10, 2013 (6 months ago)
Listing created on: October 27, 2004

CoHo Ecovillage

(Corvallis, Oregon, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2000  Established: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.cohoecovillage.org/
  • Contact Name: CoHo Ecovillage
  • Address:
    1975 SE Crystal Lake Dr
    Corvallis, Oregon, 97333
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please call or email before visiting to arrange for a host to greet you. We encourage visitors to attend one of our public orientations and tours; dates are posted on our website. We can also make arrangements for a private tour.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Community Description:

Coho Ecovillage is a 34-unit cohousing community, a mile and a half from downtown Corvallis, and close to public transportation and numerous bike and walking paths. Clustered on 6.8 acres and surrounded by trees and meadows, the units are a mix of flats and townhouses, all designed to support friendly interactions between neighbors. A large common house with a unique solar art installation is the gathering place for meetings, vegetarian meals, and recreational activities.

Members of Coho Ecovillage are committed to living lightly on the land, embracing diversity and sharing with one another in mutual trust, respect, and support. All learn to listen carefully, use nonviolent communication, and make decisions by consensus.

We moved in to our community beginning October 2007, and we’ve been busily settling in, doing landscaping, building compost piles, planting gardens and an orchard, and enjoying getting to know each other better.

Our residents range in age from infants to grandparents–currently there are 59 adults and 18 children at CoHo. We are a mix of income levels, abilities, and family composition. Twenty-six of our 34 townhouses and flats are handicap visitable, and all downstairs flats meet ADA-accessibility standards.

If you are interested, visit our website or give us a call. We would love to hear from you.

Population

  • Adult Members: 77
  • Child Members: 22
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Steering Council

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Small Town, Small Town
  • Area: 6.8 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 34
  • Additional Comments: 34

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Members contribute through a WorkShare system.

    Members are charged a monthly HOA fee.

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Additional comments: We are creating gardens and an orchard.

    Head Chefs work to meet special food needs.

    Common meals are vegetarian.

    No smoking policy in common buildings and areas

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Completed
  • Year construction was (or will be) completed: 2007
  • Shared common building: No (3000 square feet)
  • Architect: SERA Architects, Portland OR
  • Developer: Fortis
  • Commercial Lender: Key Bank, Oregon
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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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