BalsamRoot Commons

Richland, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: July 31, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 7, 2018

Mission Statement

We are creating a community of neighbors working together to build friendships while living lightly on the earth.

Community Description

We’re forming the first cohousing community in the Tri-Cities Washington. We have identified land in town and have been meeting since February 2018 to discuss our shared values and how they will manifest in our community. Our leaders have prior cohousing experience as well as extensive experience in house restoration. We are seeking members who want deep friendship with their neighbors, want to live lightly on the earth, and want to be an asset to their neighborhood. This will be a multigenerational community of 10-30 households. We are considering homes in the form of duplexes constructed with straw bales. The Tri-Cities is a vibrant community in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains. Balsamroot blossoms in the spring.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town or Village


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Current Number of Residences: 0
  • Planned number of residences: 18
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Purchase


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Since the community is in formation, membership is attained through regular participation in the meetings


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations



sustainable, walkable, affordable, multigenerational, friendship, growth