Our Achievements so far

 
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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.