PUBLIC HEARING set for july!
Great news! The City of North Vancouver has scheduled a public hearing for City Council to consider our rezoning application on Monday, July 9, 2018. This is a huge milestone, after three-and-a-half years of building a group, putting our money together, purchasing land and designing a community.
But rezoning applications can be contentious, and the future of Driftwood Village Cohousing depends on City Council's approval. Please consider supporting our community by sending your input to the City Clerk's office in advance!
- Send an email or a letter to the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
- It's best to send your feedback by MONDAY, JULY 2nd, so your letter will be included in Council's printed agenda package
- (Better late than never? Submissions are accepted until 4 pm on Monday, July 9th)
What do I say?
- Tell them why our cohousing community would be a great addition to the City of North Vancouver!
- Check out the list of benefits below, or start with one of our sample letters
- PDF on Google Drive of full staff report and attachments (138 pages, 85 MB)
- PDF of written report only (9 pages, 3 MB)
- PDF of building plans only (31 pages, 11 MB)
- Sample letter focused on affordability and non-market units
- Sample letter focused on community design
Please feel free to download these letters, personalize as you wish (check out the ideas below!), and then submit to the City Clerk by email.
benefits and key characteristics
- Driftwood Village Cohousing is a 27-unit, 5-storey building with diverse unit types for singles, young families, and retirees
- Cohousing is a type of intentional community that combines private personal homes with extensive shared common facilities
- The "developers" (Driftwood Village Cohousing Ltd.) are the actual future residents who will live in this building
- Since 2015, our group has been working together to create a practical development that will be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable
- Cohousing provides a resilient social and support network for seniors aging in place, as well as busy young families raising children
- There is no profit in this project; however, affordability is still a challenge, due to land costs and rising construction costs
- Eight of the units will be designated as 25% below-market ownership, to fulfill our required Community Amenity Contribution, and to help a wider range of families live in North Vancouver; registered covenants ensure these 8 units stay 25% below-market in perpetuity
- The building is designed to Passive House standards, which ensures very high energy efficiency
- We specifically chose a site in a walkable, bikeable neighbourhood, and we're creating our own car-share program, so we can reduce our car ownership
Driftwood Village Cohousing has purchased a 14,000 sqft site in the City of North Vancouver, on Chesterfield Avenue near West 21st Street. Our conceptual design is a five-storey building which includes 5 townhouses and 22 apartment-style units, built on top of one level of underground parking. Our common spaces will include a common kitchen and dining room, children's play areas (indoor and outdoor), guest suite, multi-purpose room, laundry room, and rooftop garden. However, the project requires approval by City Council after a public hearing. Depending on municipal approvals and construction, we hope to move into our community in the year 2020.
What is cohousing?
From the Canadian Cohousing Network:
- "Cohousing Neighbourhoods… Some people call them a return to the best of small-town communities. Others say they are like a traditional village or the close-knit neighbourhood where they grew up, while futurists call them an altogether new response to social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Each holds a piece of the truth."
- "Cohousing residents participate in the planning, design, ongoing management and maintenance of their community. Residents usually own their individual homes, which are clustered around a "common house" with shared amenities. Cohousing provides personal privacy combined with the benefits of living in a community where people know and interact with their neighbours."
- "Cohousing is a type of intentional, collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighbourhoods. Cohousing provides the privacy we are accustomed to within the community we seek."
- "Cohousing residents consciously commit to living as a community. The neighbourhood's physical design encourages both individual space and social contact. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground and a common house."
Our local public libraries have three of the best books on cohousing available, so be sure to borrow one for inspiration!