Meeting Minutes

Peterborough cohousing meeting — December 27, 2017:

On December 27th, T. Alex, Becky, Mathew, Marc and Kris attended a meeting of the Peterborough Cohousing Incubator group.  This group was formed a few years ago by people who live in the Peterborough area and are interested in cohousing.  The group has, until now, had no clear agenda or schedule, and merely aimed to connect like-minded people.  

One of the founders is Scott Donovan, an architect who has been involved with cohousing projects at his previous firm in the States and has been educating on and encouraging the idea of cohousing since his return to Canada in 2014.  There were a series of meetings between 2014 and 2016, but nothing came of it, and things have been pretty quiet on the Peterborough cohousing front for about a year.  Scott organized this gathering to discuss moving forward with an actual project. (More)

Regular meeting minutes — November 30, 2017:

We started with a discussion of the financial survey.  The 7 people who filled it out, as well as the meeting attendees who hadn’t, basically seem to agree that we want a co-op type of structure, with control over how it is run and who can join.  However, many of us want to finance our contribution, and don’t have a lot of money to put into it up-front.  This means that we have to look for some more creative financing options, but we believe that is possible.  (More)

Membership report — November 24, 2017:

At the previous meeting, we came to the conclusion that we needed to reach out to other people, since the current group isn’t entirely in agreement about our vision, and there just aren’t enough of us to move forward.  Our hope is that if we connect with others who are interested in senior cohousing, we might figure out what direction we should take, and what type of location and structure will appeal to others. (More)

Regular meeting minutes — June 11, 2017:

One interesting conclusion from site visits was about renters — at Nyland in Colorado they were treated as not an active participant, but in Ann Arbor they voted on everything but financial decisions, came to general meetings. If people want to become members but don’t have a lot of money, do we want rental structure as well, rent-before-you buy? Didn’t look appealing based on Nyland but seemed more like members of community in Ann Arbor. (More)

Regular meeting minutes — March 4, 2017:

Kris got the sense that in some communities the common house doesn’t get very much use, which seems to defeat much of the purpose of having a cohousing group, some like Silver Sage use it a lot, they rent it out to people but also have regular events. Lori suggests maybe we should have an events co-ordinator, Kris says we should think about when we build the common house, do we do it earlier rather than later? (More)

Meeting agenda for December 3, 2016:

For the meeting, we should review all the various retirement options, discuss the pros and cons of each, and ask everyone to think about whether cohousing is right for them – costs, involvement in decision-making, designing the community, shared work, co-care, cooking group dinners, not having all meals provided. Go over the 6 characteristics of cohousing, and discuss if we are all onboard with those concepts. (More)

Regular meeting minutes — December 3, 2016:

Do we want to be involved in the design of the buildings and the community? It’s a lot more work, but it gives you more input. Standardization is a good way to keep costs down, so you can pick a light fixture etc. but the rest is more or less the same. Or we could customize everything. But the central question is this: Does everyone want to be involved in designing the community if it is a greenfield — i.e., built from scratch — project? (Unanimous yes vote from attendees). (More)

Regular meeting minutes — August 27, 2016:

The goal of this meeting was to get all of us thinking about the issues not to make any decisions. We can revisit any or all of these points at any time. Survey results and discussion suggested that almost everyone had a preference for either 7-10 years or 10+ years. Most of us seemed to feel that aiming for approximately 10 years would work. Others wanted to push it out closer to 15 years. (More)

Kris’s thoughts on the August 27, 2016 meeting:

Cohousing is about more than just living near each other. It’s about a planned, intentional community, about having common dinners, about building an environment, together, that gives us what we want and that encourages interaction while still allowing privacy. Otherwise we could just all book into the same retirement village or buy adjacent homes in a new development. As such, the common house is the key, essential ingredient, and needs to be a major component of our plan. (More)