Yes, it took me a very long time, but I had a tight budget to deal with and land with good water sources is hard to find.
We love Portland and Permaculture, and I guess I just wanted to ask what people's experiences have been with finding land in the Pacific Northwest.
Did it take you awhile to find the right land?
I believe I answered that above. Each thing you want to do with land has it's own hurtle so starting with some type of dwelling is a huge help to you, this way you are not dealing with to many things all at once.
Did you choose land that already had a dwelling on it or not and maybe why you chose that?
When I started with permaculture it was 1996 and OR had no Echo friendly building codes, now a straw-bale code has been added, and you can cover this with cob. But total cob buildings are still not coded as far as I know at this time.
In terms of building houses (tiny, maybe eco) were there lots of hoops to jump through?
Work out ways to have help with the labor - either machinery or man power from the beginning, and buy more land *grin*
What would you do differently next time?
Yep, that's the law. Out-o- sight is the answer....
We read that collecting greywater was becoming illegal for individuals in certain states (OR i think) and so we were wondering if anyone found a way around this or any other dumb laws.