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I posted a while back, and I wanted to make a new post where it was clear that I am in a good relationship right now but am still looking for like minded friends! A community is invaluable.
I am pretty far north; I can make day trips to Canada. Haha.
If there are other moms in my area, especially, that would be amazing, but I like friends of all types (guys or gals, young or experienced and wizened). I have 10 acres that I want to live self sufficiently on. The goal is to build a home with alternative building methods, run it on solar power and grow a food forest! I like fishing and want to take up archery. I love all art forms and want to take up just about every craft that exists. Haha. I also love to be active and am a bit of a health nut, but not "judgy;" you do your thing and I do mine and we are all pretty awesome for it.
And while I love to be active I do admit that the kids do make that more challenging. Haha. Otherwise I would be looking for jogging/running buddies, too. I would love a yoga buddy!

Hope you are all doing well and wishing the best in pursuing your goals!
 
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This is a very wise step Alicia! I recently spent 10 days at Cobville in Coquille OR and the sense of community with the other visitors was awesome. I've been looking for property in the PNW to purchase with the plan to retire at 50 in a couple of years, but after that experience I've been looking at IC.org for other options of either being part of an existing community or planting roots near existing groups of like minded folks. There were several groups in the Idaho panhandle area that might be options for finding some friendly neighbors with similar interests.

I've found Idaho county, Idaho and Stevens County Washington are both "no permits/inspections needed" counties. Is your county the same, or will it require building "accessory buildings" on the down-low?
 
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Hey Mark,

Regarding Stevens County, and similar like Stevens, I have found that sometimes the realtor makes the comment that a Double Wide is Ok, but not X, or "less than 10 years old", etc.
But it stated nothing of HOA's.
I saw this yesterday for a couple lots in those areas.

I am wondering if the realtor has it wrong, or something else is going on? any thoughts on this?


And on the idea of living near an established "group" of homesteaders or permies, I have been wondering if another option would be to find land that has multiple tax lots.
The idea being, perhaps someone cannot afford the 20 or 40 acres that is divided up into 2 or 4 tax lots, perhaps sharing a well, etc.
I have no idea about the dividing aspect, but it strikes me that this could be a viable option.

Have like minded neighbors, share the well, and an affordable price or workable lot if that met one's desires.
I was thinking this because of the negative reviews I have read regarding people's experiences living in a community.


 
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Yeah I have seen quite a few lots for sale that are located in a sort of "gated community" setup, for example Loon Lake in Stevens County has had several lots for sale but they always say "CCR in place to protect your investment". Covenents, codes, restrictions I believe is what CCR stands for and usually it will say no manufactured/mobile home, at least 1000sf in size. Essentially you need to build a McMansion type house and do your best to keep up with the Jones...

You could certainly find a 20 acre or larger lot and subdivide it if the zoning allows for it. Usually you can find how the land is zoned, I usually see R20/R10/R5 which means the minimum lot size is 20/10/5 acres respectively. The only catch is that once you've sold part of your land and included a share of the well access in the agreement, it could be sold to another party that has no interests in permaculture and it's out of your control.

So it would make sense in such a case to find a couple others who are interested in moving to a certain area and can agree on how the land is managed, to talk to someone who can write up an agreement to protect the property down the road. Maybe some land trust, and the group are members of that? Or 1 person buys the land and maintains ownership and the others agree to pay some amount as rent and deposit, maybe with an option to reach free rent after 2 years eg Paul's deep roots?

Maybe I'll make a new thread to discuss ideas like this, thanks for bringing it up!
 
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Hey! It sounds like yu have a good thing going there, I'm curious, is the land in a trust? I'd be interested in work trade if that's an option.

I've spent the last couple of months in Eureka, MT  aiding in construction of a cabin.

Give me a shout if yur interested!
 
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Hey Mark, the county my land is on has a very laid back building permit thing that mostly concerns itself with the locations of your buildings. They don't want to see you building near clean water, too close to the edge of the property, etc. They also have concerns over fires and such I think, but I can't honestly recall all of the details that well. It is pretty loose though.
Then the county immediately north of it has no building permits at all whatsoever.

The land is owned privately by myself.
That could be pretty neat! You're about 3hrs away from my property, haha, but I bet we could make a work exchange in the future that would be beneficial to the bother of us anyway.
 
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jim dee wrote:
And on the idea of living near an established "group" of homesteaders or permies, I have been wondering if another option would be to find land that has multiple tax lots.
The idea being, perhaps someone cannot afford the 20 or 40 acres that is divided up into 2 or 4 tax lots, perhaps sharing a well, etc.
I have no idea about the dividing aspect, but it strikes me that this could be a viable option.

Have like minded neighbors, share the well, and an affordable price or workable lot if that met one's desires.
I was thinking this because of the negative reviews I have read regarding people's experiences living in a community.



This is interesting. I have been having similar thoughts of late... Ideally, there would be a larger piece of land that would be legally divided between however many people (depending on the size of the land, etc.) that also want to homestead and/or have a strong interest in permaculture. There are two big reasons this would be my ideal: First, it would be wonderful to have neighbors who share a similar passion with whom I could also share certain projects (on both sides) that may require more than one person, share tools, throw ideas around with, get opinions, etc., and second, while I love the idea of homesteading that would include having some animals like chickens, etc., the thought of being tied down by animals makes me uneasy. I am happy to be home and doing things, but would love to travel at least a month, preferably two, each year. To have at least one neighbor close by that would know how to take care of the animals (and for which I would happily reciprocate or swap some other type of homesteading service) would be wonderful. I am sure there are others who have similar wants regarding having neighboring property owners with similar ideals regarding land care and use.
 
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What's up Alicia! Are you around Sandpoint? I live in Heron and visit Sandpoint everyday. I'd love to see what you're got going on on your property
 
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"The County north of us has no building codes whatsoever"

is misleading.
While Bonner, Boundary, and Idaho counties have "no building codes" that only is on the structure itself (framing and concrete ( or straw bale, cob, earthbag, etc ))
The State of Idaho has had Electrical and Plumbing codes statewide without exception since the forties, and HVAC codes since the early eighties.
Idaho County has septic permits, including perk tests and I would imagine the others do too.
Finally, building in a flood plain is starting to have Federal repercussions that will expand in the coming years.
One of the things about the Insurance industry is no matter how much insurance you purchase , they have mitigated responsibility if you have not done your research on appropriate location, and built to the prevailing codes.
 
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Oh and my name is Brian :) I just moved here from IL a few months back and want to connect with all the coolest permaculture people. Did you go to the Inland NW Permaculture Convergence this year?
 
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Hi Alicia,

The seed coop that I grow seeds for here in Idaho is hosting a seed saving class in Sandpoint next month. Could be a great place to meet friends, and possibly a side business for your land. I grow enough seeds for them to pay my property tax. The coop is Snake River Seed Cooperative, snakeriverseeds.com.

Seed School In A Day Sandpoint, ID. March 2, 2018 | 10:00am - 5:00pm | 9:40 check in
Sandpoint Orchard | 10881 N. Boyer Rd. | Sandpoint
$35 - Refreshments Provided | Please Bring a Sack Lunch
Register by calling 208-263-8511 | Pre-registration required
 
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