Hopewell Community

Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Hopewell Community

(Lanesville, Indiana, United States)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 1996
  • Start Living Together: 2020
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Contact Name: Craig Butler
  • Phone: 502-364-9864
  • This Community is Re-forming

    Organizational plan and LLC to buy home lot from.
    Lot individually owned

Mission Statement:

Community Ecology Preservation

Community Description:

We have 16.5 acres, 50 percent wooded, 18 miles from downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Private building sites are available that are wooded on three sides. Our purpose is to develop a sustainable, ecological, and social community that preserves habitat and fosters democratic principles of participation, respect, and responsibility. We envision clustered housing with partially wooded green space.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: no active programs
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have raw land
  • Area: 16.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Planned Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: with individual deeded lots
    capacity for a total of 8-10 as it stands now
    under development
    8-10 planned
    individual deeded land with planned common house


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process: Send an email with your phone number or call and leave you phone number.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Have had process in place with monthly meetings for members that pay monthly membership fee, requiring attendance to a couple of meetings before joining. Currently open to reforming.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $25
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: monthly fee of $25 – though currently not required; higher fee potentially after construction of home. Currently no active membership meetings until such time as a group reforms.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

only 1 couple on land now

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ecology, preservation, sustainability, cooperation

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