Nelson cohousing project building steam

Are you interested in joining a cohousing community being established in the Nelson area?

Are you interested in joining a cohousing community being established in the Nelson area? The Nelson Land Group, a diverse collection of local professionals, have been meeting for over a year to plan this exciting community neighbourhood that focuses on shared resources and food production while incorporating the social and environmental benefits that cohousing developments all over the world have achieved.

Cohousing is a housing model that offers residents an old-fashioned sense of neighbourhood in new and innovative ways. Residents not only know their neighbours, they belong to a strong sense of community that is often absent in contemporary cities and suburbs.

Cohousing communities consist of private, fully-equipped dwellings and extensive common amenities including a common house and recreation areas. Residents are involved in the design and development of the community, reflecting their unique priorities.

A month ago, the Nelson Land Group hosted renowned cohousing architects/authors, Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant who wrote the quintessential book on cohousing in North America.

Durrett and McCamant led a public presentation attended by more than 100 interested Kootenay residents followed by a weekend workshop with the Nelson Land Group to officially launch them into the design and building phase of the project.

“This workshop brought us to a place of clarity and inspiration for what lies ahead,” said Bessie Wapp, one of the founding members of the group. “We’re now ready to buy land and get building.”


For those who missed the opportunity to learn about this cohousing project in October, there will be a short presentation and opportunity to meet the members of the Nelson Land Group on Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. at  the Oso Negro Cafe. If you are curious about this type of living or interested in joining the Nelson Land Group, be sure to pencil this into your calendar. More about the project can be found at



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