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Co-housing development breaks ground

Construction has begun on a new co-housing development. - Submitted photo
Construction has begun on a new co-housing development.
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Nelson Co-housing at Six Mile has officially moved into full development as of early 2014.

Located at the end of Heddle Road, the vision for community is now rapidly becoming a reality.

Since purchasing the 26 acres of land bordering Duhamel Creek a year ago, the group has swelled from 15 to 21 families with only three openings remaining to complete their membership expectations for 24 households.

Co-housing is an increasingly popular type of neighbourhood comprised of strata-titled private homes supplemented by shared facilities.  Common facilities typically include a kitchen, dining room, laundry, offices, guest rooms, and recreational amenities.

Nelson Co-housing is planned, owned and managed by its residents, who also intend to support extensive food production, following permaculture principles. This will be the ninth co-housing development in BC, and adds to the over 120 that have been built in North America over the past two decades.

The Nelson Co-housing development is comprised of 12 highly efficient and eco-friendly duplex units. The 24 homes range in size from 850 square feet, two-bedroom units to 1,500 square feet, three-bedroom units.

The development includes a common house that is centrally located. The building is designed to accommodate large gatherings and expanded functions.

Other assets anticipated within the project budget include a sauna, community workshop, greenhouse, meditation/yoga building, chicken coop, garden shed, bicycle sheds, truck, tractor, deer fencing, irrigation, paved parking and driveway.

“This past year has offered our group the opportunity to grow, share and strengthen our community values through our collective processes,” said Ryan Cook, one of the group’s members. “It is such a meaningful way to create community through the very act of building our dreams together.”

Working closely with their professional project management, architectural design,  and building team has allowed the group the opportunity to take full creative control of the development process.

“Working with this amazing group of local professionals has been a beautiful unfolding,” says Cook. “They have offered us the guidance needed to ensure that the community vision remains pure to our original intentions.”

The group will be planning a variety of local events. For more information visit or on Facebook at

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