rezoning application in process
We have submitted a rezoning application to the City of North Vancouver. Conceptual architectural plans can be found on the City's website. We held a developer information session in September 2017, and received feedback from City staff and the Advisory Design Panel in October 2017. The next step will be a staff report and a public hearing at a City Council meeting, with a date to be set early in 2018.
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 is subject to review by staff and the Advisory Design Panel, and will be considered 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!