Our Achievements so far
Since our first meeting in June 2015 we have
Demonstrated a sustained interest in making the Perth cohousing project happen by holding bi-weekly general meetings for our first two years and monthly meetings after that, with attendance as high as 24, but generally around 16 people.
Formed various Circles (committees) to undertake research, formulate policy, and to carry out the many tasks involved in building both a community and the physical structure that will be our home.
Honed our skills in facilitating discussion in meetings, and in making decisions by consensus.
Through extensive discussion developed a Vision and Mission Statement which guides us in decision-making.
Developed a website, and designed, printed and distributed a very attractive brochure. Held an information evening for the public, and participated in radio interviews and presentations to various community groups and organizations.
Agreed that our community members will generally be 55 and over.
Early in the project we realized that the site chosen would indicate the number of possible units plus common spaces. As of 2018 we are planning 11 self-contained units and common spaces in an apartment-style building.
Surveyed participants regarding their space and amenity needs.
Investigated a number of properties, and realized the challenge of finding a large enough property within walking distance of downtown Perth.
Communicated with town officials, lawyers, architect, bank personnel, builders and consultants.
After researching several ownership options we agreed to adopt a condominium ownership structure.
Established Circles of responsibility (Committees) to realize the work of developing our cohousing initiative.
Initiated a membership structure and process.
Enjoyed one another’s company and developed caring relationships which have already borne fruit when members have had unexpected challenges or needed a hand.
Found a suitable site, and are participating with an architect in the design of an attractive building in which we can live our cohousing vision.
As of October 2018, Tay Commons members have committed to purchase over 3/4 of the building’s units.