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Waterloo Region Cohousing Ecovillage

Last updated: April 3, 2017 (1 month ago)

Listing created on: October 18, 2006

Waterloo Region Cohousing Ecovillage

(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

Mission Statement:

Vision: We envision courageous, innovative communities in which people actively care for each other and the enviornoment.

Mission: We are building a sustainable, intergenerational neighbourhood that is socially and economically inclusive. We positively engage with each other and the wider community.

Guiding Principals:
– Sustainability
– Inclusive
– Affordability
– Participatory/Engaged
– Innovative/Dynamic

Community Description:

We are creating a sustainable cohousing ecovillage community in the Waterloo Region in Ontario, Canada. Our plan is to build 30 homes combining the advantage of privacy and shared common facilities. We manage ourselves through sociocracy decision making.

About

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

Housing

  • Status: We do not have land
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: We are aiming for 25-30 single family dwellings with a common house and shared facilities (i.e., workshop, laundry, etc…)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 20
  • Child Members: 4
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: We welcome people to talk and discuss this project with us and “try a meeting on for size”.
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have established circles as part of sociocracy (dynamic governance) structure. They are currently: process steering, finance, legal, land acquisition, membership, community life, commtech

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: Currently $5/per person per meeting to cover expenses (i.e., meeting space rental, office supplies, child care, etc…) and $60 every quarter for membership (all in Canadian Dollars).

Sustainability Practices

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Additional Diet Comments: Currently many members meet weekly for a potluck shared meal.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Keywords

ecovillage, cohousing

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