Must be a snow day in Mt. Shasta, I can't imagine a guy that works as hard as you do having time to read this entire thread in the middle of the day
As far as a market area is concerned, it's something I want to happen but I think I'll let that develop on its own. Probably start with an honor system produce stand and grow it from there as needed. Same thing with the community kitchen. I want to build a community center for having meetings, dance parties, weddings, PDCs etc. and including a commercial kitchen in that building seems like a real good idea. In the early stages when there is only a few houses this may not exist. As the development grows we can add it. I intend to set aside an area near the entrance for use as a commercial area. It will be an area for the community center and anyone who may want to open a small business there. I can envision a pub and a general store being needed as well as maybe a bed and breakfast.
Regarding the potential PDC
requirement: I would not require someone to have a PDC in order to live here. I am considering requiring a PDC in order to have a vote during HOA meetings, definitely required to serve as an HOA board member. Folks without PDC training may voice opinions at meetings, but not vote. The reasoning behind this thinking is that everyone involved needs to have been exposed to the same basic information that is covered in PDC's. I want vegans to understand the importance of including animals in the system. I want tree huggers to understand that culling weak trees
, chop and drop, and coppicing are a part of the management taking place here and that there is a long term plan. I want everyone to understand that long term planning is considered 100 years or more, too many people think of their "long term plan" as the next 1 to 5 years. As a person with a vote that can potentially change the future of the community, I think having the knowledge taught in PDC's is very important. Of course there are many ways to obtain this knowledge but the only way I know of to guarantee that all voting parties have at least that basic information is a certificate from PRI. I'm not set in stone on this and we will see how it plays out. According to other real estate
folks I've talked to the developer maintains control, and the HOA doesn't come into action, until a certain percentage of the lots are sold. Say 50% or so. By the time half the lots are sold we should
have a real good idea of where things are headed and how best to proceed with HOA operating rules. In the meantime, including a Lawton online PDC would be a great marketing
tool and benefit the neighborhood as well. I'm definitely considering that one.
Regarding the conventional stick frame construction, I am hesitant to put in too many rules regarding appearance of structures. Just because you are stick framing doesn't mean you can't incorporate things like passive solar
's, natural plasters etc.. I understand that it was a requirement that all houses built in Village Homes in Davis, CA incorporate passive solar
design and all of those buildings are conventional construction. We could set up similar requirements through the HOA. As far as grouping these homes together, that is mostly due to infrastructure requirements. If there are going to be homes tied to the water
supply and having flushing toilets, they are going to need to be grouped together out of necessity since that is where the water mains and sewer mains will be. Naturally due to the higher costs of adding infrastructure these lots will cost significantly more. Here
is a place where the homes appear conventional and are built using stick frame construction but they are anything but conventional.
Good to hear from you Mike. Hope to hear from you again soon.