Commons Cohousing is a community of households that live in a cluster
of homes in an "urban village" setting. Through managing our
community and sharing common spaces, activities, and equipment, we enjoy
co-operative and friendly relationships with our neighbours.
cohousing community was created by people who
wanted to design housing that would support greater
social interconnectness while making efficient use of
resources. In addition to its social focus, Cranberry Commons holds respect for the
environment as one of its highest values. We have attempted to incorporate
sustainability into every aspect
of the community design, starting with the selection of the site right
up to the solar hot water panels that were installed on the roof.
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With the support and services of our selected professional team, we managed
the challenges of the development process: securing a site, negotiating
with the regulatory authorities for development approvals, securing the
financing, building membership, and creating an organizational structure
that allowed for an effective and timely consensus decision making process.
Development Consulting was the prime consultant on the project and
provided development management and community building services from 1998
We formed a not-for-profit corporation and acted as the developer to complete
a 26,662 square foot, 22-home multi-family residential building. Construction
began in October of 2000 and we moved into our homes a year later.
at Cranberry Commons privately owns a complete, self-contained home. Our
homes are centered around extensive
shared facilities. Community connection is supported by the physical layout
of our site and by the involvement of all members in the development and
operation of the community using consensus decision making.