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Rocky Corner Cohousing

Last updated: March 15, 2016 (11 months ago)

Listing created on: January 15, 2006

Rocky Corner Cohousing

(New Haven, Connecticut, United States)

Mission Statement:

Rocky Corner is a vibrant cohousing neighborhood. We nourish respectful relationships among our members, as well as with the natural environment and the wider community.

Rocky Corner cohousing is committed to creating a balance between independence and interdependence.

The community consists of privately owned, self-sufficient homes and a common house, which includes facilities for shared meals and a variety of other community resources.
Our neighborhood is pedestrian centered.
We maintain a balance of private and community life with respect for individual and family needs for quiet, autonomy and privacy.

We are dedicated to fostering a friendly, open, vibrant, mutually supportive atmosphere.

Our communications, relationships, actions and behavior are honest, direct, respectful, nonviolent and caring.
We are committed to equal access to power in decision-making. Our primary way of attaining this goal is by using dynamic governance.
We strive to create a neighborhood that is supportive and inspiring for individuals and families.
Our community promotes the physical and emotional health, safety and security of our members and guests.
We make space in our lives for play and artistic expression. We encourage continual learning, skill sharing and teaching.
We seek out and are open to new ideas and to all interested people who share our vision and values and are able to share fully and fairly in community responsibilities.

Rocky Corner is multigenerational.

We support people of all ages to enter, stay and participate in the community throughout their lives.
We value children as members of the community and encourage their participation and leadership.

We actively sustain our community and maintain our property by sharing work and responsibilities.

Our community is planned, designed and managed by the members with attention to aesthetics and in a manner that supports our vision.
We work cooperatively for mutual benefit.
We make ownership as affordable as possible.

We serve as an active member of the wider community.

We engage our neighbors in the greater community by inviting participation in our play, in our art and in our work, and as formal advisors to our community’s self-governance.
Rocky Corner members are involved in a broad variety of activities and organizations in the wider community.

We are devoted to preserving, protecting, nurturing and regenerating the natural environment.

We are committed to learning about and adopting practices that minimize consumption of energy, water, and other natural resources.
We strive to balance farming and community life with the preservation of wildlife habitats.
We consider the Rocky Corner community, the wider human community and the health of the Earth when making decisions and choices.

Community Description:

Rocky Corner is the first cohousing neighborhood in Connecticut. We will soon begin building on our 33-acre former dairy farm in the town of Bethany. With a beautiful New England setting, yet only about five miles north of New Haven, this is an inclusive, multi-generational community, valuing diversity of culture and background. Most homes are spoken for, but a few are still available.

With Centerbrook Architects we have cooperatively designed 30 one-, two- and three-bedroom houses. These are clustered near the 4,500 square foot common house for shared meals, leisure, and work space. We were chosen to receive a large grant from the state of Connecticut to help make some of our homes “affordable” (below market rate).

Working with Appleseed Permaculture to make the best use of the farmland and watershed, we are creating a landscape of flowers, berries, orchards, annual vegetables, pasture, wild flowers, paths and ponds. We will have enough space for those who are interested to grow a substantial amount of our food, including a greenhouse for an extended growing season.

The site plan is people-centered, with cars on the perimeter yet conveniently accessible to each unit.

Valuing participation, we have adopted dynamic governance (or sociocracy) as our organizational and decision-making model, and have trained with John Buck, Jerry Koch-Gonzalez and Diana Leafe Christian.

Caring deeply about the health of the planet we are committed to green building and living sustainably.

At this time we have enough applicants to fill our affordable homes, but there is a waiting list for eligible applicants. And there are still a few market-rate homes available. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a home, getting on the waiting list, or for more information about Rocky Corner Cohousing.

Rocky Corner — a great place for families, for singles, for aging in place; a safe, cooperative, supportive community.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have raw land
  • Area: 33 acres
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: All of our homes and the common house will face south and will have insulated concrete floors that will be passively heated by the sun. We also plan on using hybrid mini-split heat pump systems for heating and cooling. Hopefully all will run on PV solar.

    In the common house a masonry heater will be used for additional heating. Masonry heaters will also be available to install in any of the homes during initial construction.

Membership

  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Email us. We would love for you to meet us through one of our frequent info sessions or social activities.
    We can give you a tour of the land.

    The earlier people become active with our community members, the sooner they have the ability to help with designing our project and choosing which home they will want for themselves.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Check out our website.
    Decide you agree with our vision, our values.
    Meet us.
    Attend social events.
    Attend Rocky Corner business meetings to see how we make decisions together.
    Visit other cohousing.
    Read about cohousing.
    Decide Rocky Corner is where you probably want to live.
    Join a committee to help with our work (design, welcoming, legal, marketing, dynamic governance etc.).
    Learn about dynamic governance.
    If possible, put a down payment on the home you want.
  • Additional Comments: We share the spiritual practice of honoring the Earth in how we will live day to day.

    The public school system is highly regarded by parents in our group. There are wonderful options for private schools, magnet schools and home schooling in southern Connecticut.

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: It is open to all interested members.

    Everyone participates in our governance because that makes us stronger and smarter. Together we make the best decisions.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: All potential Rocky Corner residents are expected to join at least one committee. Our work as a community right now is to get our cohousing built. After it is built, work requirements will change to maintain the community.

    As the group incurs expenses (e.g., architect, legal, housing consultant, payments for the property) members are asked to contribute as much as they can. Any money you give to the project prior to us obtaining a construction loan will go fully towards the purchase price of your home.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: We’d like to grow a significant amount of our fruits, vegetables and eggs.

    Common meals will emphasize organic, local foods. We have vegetarian and non-vegetarian members and will reach consensus on how to accommodate all.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments: Our community promotes the physical and emotional health, safety and security of our members and guests.

Additional Comments

Previously known as Green Haven, we have named our community Rocky Corner Cohousing. It is the historic name for the street corner where our 33 acres lie. At that corner, around 1740, the first school/town center for Bethany existed. On the corner of our property sits the original farmhouse foundation, built in the 1750s and last occupied in the 1990s by farmer Elsie Halter. We plan on restoring Elsie’s house and honoring her family’s long legacy by returning her land to an active farm.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA)

Keywords

green haven, rocky corner, cohousing, connecticut, new haven, farm, permaculture, dynamic governance

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