Find issue #168 (Fall 2015) – “Community and the Law” of Communities Magazine here!
Even an anti-authoritarian household needs agreements—but who and how to enforce them is another question.
After years of advocacy, social justice work, and on-the-ground experience, a squatter passes the bar exam.
A century since the United States’ first citywide zoning ordinance, community founders can find support in unexpected places when navigating land use laws.
After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.
Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.
An unconventional family fights to stay in their collective house in the face of antiquated local ordinances which suppress community living.
Community and the Law can be uneasy bedfellows. Some intentional communities are hobbled by legal restrictions—especially zoning, building codes, and permitting requirements—or by other effects, both within and outside the group, of a complaint-driven legal system. Yet some groups are able to forge new approaches and help change codes and laws to support more cooperative and resilient ways of living. In “Community and the Law,” authors share on-the-ground stories and guidance for others hoping to coexist peacefully and productively with the Law.