At this point in the process, we’ve identified some interesting questions about planning a community:
Urban vs rural, how much people want to share meals and other parts of their day, and whether the space also serves the broader community. The group wrote a survey to note the thoughts on these issues. It includes a good question that a group member wrote: “What’s a deal-breaker?”
It is important to learn what everyone’s visions are, for what they picture doing in the community. Some people are most interested in having a bit more open land for gardening, and some wouldn’t mind having a smaller private living space if there are nice common areas.
I have all kinds of questions about how the beginning of this process goes. Do we get ideas of property values so that we know what we’re in for? Do we all start learning group communication skills so that we stick together for the long run? If we go too long with the research process, will we lose people who are looking to move in a faster time frame?
What I’ve learned so far is that our group wants a community that supports each of us in our individual goals, rather than trying to make us all fit into one mold in terms of philosophy or daily routine.