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Why are there not more Village Homes, Davis, CA developments?

 
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From the Global Permaculture video by Mollison this development sounded very well conceived. Sounded great! What am I missing? I read there was a waiting list to get in. Looking on maps there is a lot of suburbia development nearby. I'm from Oregon and Washington. This type of congestion is a more recent development for me. So I flew the coup to Idaho! I sometimes want to return and dig my heels in. Seeing the places I grew up in get bulldozed and cookie cuttered is weird. The same cloned landscape plants inserted into the landscape. Anyhow, I adored the description of Village a Homes.
Was it, Village Homes, financially viable? What is the limiting factor. Is it only viable on that particular location at that particular time? I suppose banks, insurance companies, realtors, investors, developers may not see much in this model.
I've long wondered why not more examples similar to Village Homes. It seems elderly and homeless, everyone, could bump elbows in such habitats.
If memory serves, the water table was rising there. Then I read the governor whats his face went to Israel to learn more about living with drought. It seems there is abbundant knowledge, talent, examples, right around here. Go figure!
 
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Could it be a home loan / zoning issue?  Non traditional building of all sorts often face challenges.
 
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Lori, I just grocked that some of the cohousing developments I've visited are smaller examples of Village Homes. Each one differing and unique however. ive really  enjoyed the 3 examples I've seen. However to raise the water table would take a sizable development. And a food forest that is actually a forest is amazing.
 
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To add to my previous post regarding cohousing developments and Loris comment on Village Homes. Permitting and financing smaller cohousibg developments is more doable than big projects like Village Homes.
 
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My daughter lives only a few blocks away from Village Holmes - she is an Environmental Science major at Davis. I got to walk around once about 3 years ago but only had 10 min to see things. This spring I'll be up there to see my daughter and I want to spend at least an hour walking around the neighborhood.

Village Homes has come up several times in the last few days in books I was reading and videos I was watching.

It got me thinking. Are there any other communities like it? (I searched and got this thread). It also got me thinking that if I were a developer, how would I develop something like Village Holmes? What would I change to make it better? What would make it better?

I started rereading Brad Landcaster's books on Rainwater harvesting this week. It also got me thinking about the best way to start a homestead if you were to find yourself in an RV and a piece of really horrible land. I think there was a case study on a place they later called Running Rain ?

It let me to wish that Brad Landcaster had been on the show Homestead Rescue or someone else similar to him. Wish someone would produce a show with Permie people fixing homesteads.

Anyway, I degress but I would love to know what we would all do better if we could redesign village homes or create another, newer one?


 
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For others that might be interested:

Village Homes is a planned community in Davis, Yolo County, California. It is designed to be ecologically sustainable by harnessing the energies and natural resources that exist in the landscape, especially stormwater and solar energy.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Homes
 
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Glad to see the thread and topic get bumped. I was surprised not to hear more about Village Homes. It was praised in the Global Gardener video. But I’ve read a lot of people didn’t like that video. I liked it. Anyway, I digress, and I think it would be a worthwhile study to see what modifications could be made to the Village Homes model. What worked and what didn’t work. If you go back please update us on your impression.
 I’m daydreaming ideas for a community housing project on some land somewhere: Currently I’m considering buying dividable land. Some of the land would be for our homestead and retirement home. The rest of the land would be “experimental” and dividable and perhaps in a community land trust. On the experimental land I would install a large quonset hut workspace. In the workspace would be a tiny house building communtiy cooperative where people could work with retired volunteers to build a tiny house in a month or two. Perhaps 6-12 tiny houses could be produced per year. I’m not interested commuting so would stroll over from our house, coffee cup in hand, to help build the tiny houses. Other permaculture gathering s could take place in the workspace. I believe in the “build it and and they will come” mindset. I’d be interested in doing a crowdsourcing campaign to help fund it. If I can find a willing landowner who wants to sell and is willing to wait while the crowdfunding happens. We would put a large down payment in escrow to hold the land and wait for matching funds from the crowdfunding.
  I’ll start a new post about this idea so if you want to comment search for Tiny Houses for Humanity Production Project. Hmmm…which forum to post it in??? So I’m some ways this might be a improvement to Village Homes. I think people need flexibility. A tiny house can be moved wherever they need it. Thanks
 
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