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Green Grove Cohousing Community

Last updated: June 30, 2016 (10 months ago)

Listing created on: July 16, 2015

Green Grove Cohousing Community

(Forest Grove, Oregon, United States)

Mission Statement:

Our Vision: Green Grove Cohousing is a cooperatively governed community of independent households committed to creating a harmonious, sustainable neighborhood, guided by our shared values.

Community Description:

Progressive co-housing core group seeking new members interested in environmental sustainability, social justice, community service and the arts to join our vibrant, fun-loving, intergenerational community. Building on five-acre semi-rural setting close-in to a historic college town in the wine country of NW Oregon with Mt. Hood view and abundant wildlife, 26 miles from Portland. Large, lovely historic common house newly refurbished with geothermal heating and cooling, plus energy efficient features. Established trees, landscaping, community art studio, orchard, garden, wood shop, and outbuildings with easy access to wooded trails, and lots of open space for additional outdoor amenities. Development has been approved by the City, and 9 free-standing homes under 1400 sq. ft. are currently in design phase.

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Small Town

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 9
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments: The established common house is currently heated and cooled geothermally. Solar is planned to supply the common house electricity in near future. High performance construction and green building practices are planned for houses in the design phase. Individual households still able to negotiate preferences in this regard.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact community for additional information.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: A combination of information sessions, readings, interviews and participation in community events will enable prospective members to determine if Green Grove is a good fit.
  • Additional Comments: While we feel strongly about the concepts expressed in our mission and values statements, and we may hold deep spiritual convictions, we are not zealots (except about our lack of zealotry).
    We like to bring humor and lightheartedness to our meetings and activities.

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: All member households will participate in dynamic governance process.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $250
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments: Some of these details are still being explored and defined. All member households will participate in committees, and collaborate on work parties and management functions for operating and maintaining the community. Each member household will purchase lot , 1/9th share of common property and pay for the construction of their home. Monthly HOA fees will be assessed in accordance with State standards.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Tractor & Farm Equipment, Swingsets & play areas, Internet, Art Studio
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: We are a diverse core group: vegetarian and omnivorous, some gluten free, but we all appreciate locally grown and organic options, when practical. Smoking not permitted in common areas.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Our Values:

• Respect and care for other people and the natural world
• Appreciate the value each person brings to the community
• Cooperate in decision-making and conflict resolution
• Respect privacy, individual choice, and diversity of opinion
• Inspire joy, creativity, and personal growth
• Welcome connection to the larger community, city, and region.

To foster these values, we will:

• Assist one another in reducing our carbon footprint, exploring sustainable practices, and consuming fewer resources.
• Recognize and foster the strengths and contributions of each member while learning together through community activities.
• Develop agreements that allow the sharing of materials, equipment, vehicles, and tools.
• Establish traditions that create a sense of place, community, and fun.
• Seek to ensure a balance between privacy and autonomy of member households and the interrelatedness vital to a healthy co-housing community.
• Share equitably in maintaining and managing common property.
• Engage in an efficient and participatory governance and decision-
making process.
• Encourage participation in the surrounding communities and share information with others interested in learning from our experience.

Note: We are indebted to Cully Grove Cohousing for providing the seeds from which we developed our vision, values and mission statements.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Northwest Intentional Communities Association

Keywords

Dynamic governance, cohousing, college town, semi-rural, sustainable

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