This cohousing development will create high quality housing that has a minimal environmental and carbon footprint and a very real sense of community; a community made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, identities and life experiences.
The Speedvale cohousing journey started in 2012 with a group called the Sustainable Intentional Living Community. Since then, two members of the original group, Mike and Vicki, assembled land for the development. Preliminary designs were developed by their architect, J. David McAuley, and a rezoning application, was prepared by our planner, Nancy Shoemaker. This rezoning application was approved by the City of Guelph in February of this year.
Around the same time, Mike and Vicki joined forces with GrassRoutes Cohousing to carry the project forward. They became members of GrassRoutes and now work collaboratively with other members to make this a successful project.
The next stage in the City’s planning and approval process is called Site Plan Approval. This stage and the subsequent stage of detailed design and tendering will determine what this cohousing development will be. Moving forward, we want the development to be guided, and financed, by future residents of the development. If cohousing interests you, this is your opportunity to get involved in the design and construction of your next home.
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