CVC Vision: We are a self-managed, participatory cohousing community living in a cluster of energy-efficient, privately-owned homes, within 115 acres of conserved farmland, forests, and fields. We share in planning, creating, and caring for a resourceful, productive, and resilient community to support environmentally sustainable living.

CVC Mission: In support of our vision, we steward our ecological, economic, and human resources by:

Consented by Community Circle on March 9, 2015

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At Champlain Valley Cohousing, a group of folks eager to create a new, old-fashioned neighborhood, created a Limited Liability Development Company to design and build 26 homes on our gorgeous, jointly-owned 125 acres. Construction began on the 10 acre residential segment in 2005, with the first families taking occupancy in the spring of 2006. Together, we all share the responsibility and fun of managing the forested and agricultural lands. Utilizing sustainable practices is a common goal. By combining our personal skills, resources, and tools, we reduce expenses, increase collective competency, and craft our relationships with one another. Here at Champlain Valley Cohousing, we own less personally, while having more collectively. We live in privately-owned, modestly-sized homes designed to meet high energy efficiency standards. The residential area is intentionally clustered around a common green to promote frequent, casual interactions among residents.

Cohousing, a type of collaborative housing, was first developed in its present form in Denmark over three decades ago as an alternative to growing isolation, disconnection, and the unsustainability of urban condominiums and of suburban sprawl. Five families who lived in adjacent houses with tiny, hedged back yards, decided it would make sense if one family cooked the evening meal one weeknight for all five of the families. By rotating the cooking task, time was freed up on four weeknights for alternative activities. Then the five families decided to eliminate the barriers between their back yards. That decision created a substantially larger green space for all to use. From that humble beginning, the current cohousing concept developed. Of course, from time immemorial, humans have lived in tribes, sharing resources to the benefit of the common good.

Six distinctive features define most cohousing developments:

  1. Future residents participate in the initial design.
  2. The neighborhood design fosters social connections through lots of incidental contact.
  3. Common facilities provide space for sharing meals, activities, skills, and resources.
  4. Cohousing communities are resident managed.
  5. Non-hierarchical structure and decision making is the norm.
  6. Individual households maintain independent rather than shared incomes.

- Larilee

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