In co-operation with Glassworks Co-operative (GC) and it’s parent Beach Community Energy Co-Operative (BCEC), looking for sustainable solution in Grey County area.
Currently Glassworks is interested in making a 200 unit building which has a high investment cost (35 million) which is currently 140 times larger than the solar panels which were installed on a school roof by BCEC, being in value around 250 thousand.
In Chaos Theory it is known that anything that attempts to grow more than 3 to 5 times it’s current generations level is liable of chaotic dynamics. Generally somewhere between 0.1 – 3x is safer.
So ideally something that costs less than 750 thousand, yet still leaves the door open for the project as it was envisioned in its 35 million dollar version as a long term objective.
One option is a Landshare Co-operative.
For instance we take a 15 acre parcel that has a 250k valuation in Owen Sound area.
Then with $2,000 down and a monthly payment of around $75/mth per landshare could get a half an acre in the Owen Sound area. This landshare can be considered a common share in co-operative parlance.
On the other side can also have preferred shares whereby if a common landshare buyer can’t buy the full 10k for the half acre, then they can create a preferred share using their landshare as collateral. This way an investor would pay the 8k which were not in the downpayment and receive a monthly payment based on the interest, which at current interest rates would likely be somewhere between 3 and 5%.
As a preferred share holder you have the option of having a relationship with the common share owner, whereby you can negotiate perhaps a lower interest rates in return for some fresh produce which is produced on the half acre.
Though most of the fun stuff is in the common shares, while you are free to do as you would with any piece of property there are extra perks available.
There is a virtual reality option with 360 degree webcams, so that you could check on your piece of property by dawning your VR headset which could be as simple as your smart phone in a Google Cardboard device ($20). This way at any time of day, you could escape into your private paradise, that you literally own.
Much like in games like SimFarm and Farmville you will have the option of ordering plants to be planted in your line of sight, so you could watch the bees, birds and other gentle creatures frolicking in the edible food forest of your minds creation.
As Homo Sapiens we are soothed and comforted by abundance of nature and the comfort and security that we can lay down in this beautiful forest garden and be comforted knowing that all our dietary and shelter needs are provided for from it.
Or can simply see your house, factory or building being built if that is your preference. There is an option for building on these lots, it is viable to organize it as a suburban lot, or could concentrate the community portion of the landshare in a central area with one large apartment like building.
Personally I am a fan of the inner courtyard design since then children of the community can run around and play together outside while being well supervised, can also hold various community functions in the privacy of the central area while enjoying the fresh air, birds and leaves.
Whatever the layout can use modular building in order to make the community both LEEDS certifiable and possible to start with just a few units and then scale up based on demand. Can use stackable modules with a modular roof.
Here is a video of a condo being built out of modules: