Last updated: April 28, 2014 (5 months ago)
Listing created on: November 23, 2004

Harmony Green Village

(hoping for Montgomery County, King of Prussia region, Pennsylvania, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
  • Phone: 610-361-0944
  • Address:
    c/o 575 Franklin Way, West Chester, PA 19380
    hoping for Montgomery County, King of Prussia region, Pennsylvania,
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members:Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
    We are trying to spare individuals endless meetings so are following a “developer-driven” model of securing the land first, and then building our formal membership around that property. Inquiries are welcome, and a list is being made of people that are interested so we are ready to go the minute we get word that the legal issues are settled.

Mission Statement:

Come join us and help us form the most livable community we can in terms of establishing a close neighborhood of people all striving to be good to the Earth, to the Township and to each other!!

Community Description:

Although our progress has come to a stop until lawyers can agree on a settlement for the Court case that is tying up a nice piece of land jointly owned by members of the same family, we still seek Active Adults age 40 and up to join the 69 other households that have expressed an interest in living in a green-built Active Adult community at that location. The Township within which the land is located has an Active Adult Zoning Ordinance already in place, ready to attract one to come in, and we hope to fit right into that Ordinance so well that we are up and building as soon as the lawyers relent and seek cooperation rather than encourage dissent. We believe that the Township is progressive in its thinking and will welcome all the green features of an Ecovillage if we offer green “upgrades” to future households.

Population

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Diversity is welcome and respected

    There will be no school age children under the age of 18 permanently living in the Community as in an Active Adult Community Ordinance

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus + (everyone agrees, except for up to 3 people.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Until land is secured we are inactive, but hope to form one shortly!

    Decision making probably will be a modified version of Consensus as the group decides at a later date.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Not yet, we aspire to do so.
  • Location: Suburban
  • Area: 6.7 acres are in our hopes and prayers
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Planned number of residences: 40
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, up to 90%[if 3-m1-energy-other] ([3-m1-energy-other])[/if 3-m1-energy-other]
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric
  • Additional Comments: An estate from whom we hope to buy the land.

    Actual # to be determined by Ordinance

    To be under construction when a Lawyer will agree.

    approximately 40

    To be decided by participants, but probably at least major portion of Coho Model.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debts)
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: As long as they qualify to buy a unit in our community.

    the idea is to work in groups to make meal, yard & common house chores fun again for those that decide to handle the land this way! For those unable to work, they will have option of paying an agreed to equivalent to the cost of doing projects the others choose to volunteer to do in lieu of financial payment.

    down payment on dwelling and if unable to do share of labor, contribute enough to allow us to hire help,.

    Possibly an escrow fund for outside repairs to dwellings

Diet

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: All of the decisions above will be decided by residents. Frequency of meals to be decided by residents.

    Content of meals to be decided by cooks! Etc.!

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Keywords

green community, ecovillage, cohousing, 55+

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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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