: People starting a village will have to deal with the whole world of site acquisition, including land use and permitting requirements of the local jurisdiction; the world of financing, which might include relationships with funders, including governments, bankers, loans etc - Kit Cabins.; and finally the world of relationship to the residents of the village—financial and lease agreements, management plans, rules and regulations for behavior and interaction and, if necessary, hiring and management of staff.
I’m not sure about apps and tools. I think it’s still a pretty new space (Unfinished Tiny House For Sale). : You need a lot plan: how the land lots will be laid out on the land, as well as the road, alleys, water wells, septic tank, electric power lines, parking spaces; rules for the residents: how they will be governed, what materials are accepted, how common infrastructures are managed, how decisions are made amongst residents on which topics, who will take care of the road, etc.
: The villages in Portland (Dignity), Madison (OM Village) and Eugene (SquareOne) are the ones we paid a lot of attention to when it came to developing/building and operating Quixote Village. They have been testing different ways of going about providing support to the homeless and much can be learned from them.
The closest thing I’ve seen is something Tony Hsieh of Zappos and the Downtown Project built in Las Vegas. I believe it’s called Airstream Park (there are Airstreams as well as tiny houses). Although its more urban than I envision our village being, the outdoor spaces and entertainment areas are the closest thing I’ve seen as a model.
We plan 4,000 sq. ft. lots, large enough to benefit from intimacy and to grow food, either in vegetable garden or in greenhouses. Architect David Ludwig’s illustration for a potential Bay Area tiny house village site. : At Quixote Village, the organizational tradition and practice of self-determination by a council of all residents and an elected executive team, that was begun in Camp Quixote, continues.
Now that Panza is the legal landlord of the Village, we (through the staff) are responsible for decisions regarding the admissions process, with advice from the current residents; otherwise the Resident Council (RC) makes decisions regarding the life of the community—chore rotations, planning meals and events. The existence of the RC is critical to maintaining a culture of community at the Village.
Sometimes groups get together to try to do consensus for vision of a community. I find that just takes a lot longer than someone coming up with a strong plan, idea, and articulated vision that matches or matches closely enough to what other people see themselves, but don’t have the language to communicate - Mother In Law House Kit.
At this point, we’ve formed a small working group to get to the next step, which is the village having a clear cut plan for legally building the vision. Once that’s complete, financing through investments will start. I have some ideas about that, and frankly, I think the community should be backed by people interested in the village, but not by the residents themselves.
Much of that foundation will be initially laid, but if it doesn’t work for some reason, the people who live there will be empowered to change it. The organizational structure will likely be some form of a non-profit and the membership dues will be used to pay a community manager as well as for general upkeep and short-term guest management (We’ll have a few houses to rent for short-term visitors to come check out and learn about tiny house living and our community.).
And there will be checks and balances with the membership costs as to alleviate longer term residents from being priced out of their own community. Tiny House Blog. : A.) Learn as much as you can, set-up a multidisciplinary team of experts in zoning and municipal bylaws, civil engineer, architect, biologist, real estate lawyer and land surveyor.
Quixote Village serves the homeless community. Photo: Quixote Village : Panza has a $230,000 annual budget for operating and maintaining the Village that is funded by federal and state grants, HUD Section 8 rental assistance, and donations - Tiny Log Homes. : Good question. This is why the village needs to charge a membership: to cover ongoing costs such as maintenance, community building, governance, etc.
: Take the time to build a constituency based on shared values and mission, and make sure that decision-makers and those with resources are included. It takes a village to build a Village - 500 Square Feet Tiny House. : First and foremost, have a strong vision of what you’re actually trying to create. Second and importantly, get on the ground.
Find a champion in your community or surrounding area that wants to spearhead making the legal aspects of making a village possible. Understand what your model is for the sustainability of the village. In other words, have a financial model in addition to a vision, which will end up looking a lot like a business plan in the end.
In tandem to all of this, build a community of interested parties around you and find people who can and want to help. I think if you’re building a community, you’re doing it for the love of it, so I try to see it as an experiment to make life better for more people, but treating it like a business with a sustainable financial plan is what will ultimately get the village off the ground.
Another tool I found useful in the beginning of rallying interest was Neighborland, which helps you get other people in your city on board with ideas that could improve the area. : Visit one first. Four out of five ecovillages fail due to inexperience, long delays, and lack of money.
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