Category Archives: Community Education and Planning

One day until Getting It Built Cohousing Workshop early registration deadline

It’s only one day until the early registration deadline for the November 8th-9th Getting It Built Cohousing Workshop! This is a golden opportunity to get an intensive introduction to what it takes to get a cohousing project built from cohousing pioneers Katie McCamant and Chuck Durrett, who have been involved in the design and development [...]

Cohousing pioneers coming to Northfield!

Buffalo Commons Cohousing is thrilled to be bringing nationally renowned cohousing pioneers Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett (of CoHousing Partners and McCamant & Durrett Architects) to Northfield for two cohousing educational events. The Cohousing Association of the United States describes cohousing as “a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design [...]

Buffalo Commons Village: Enthusiastic response to cohousing concept

There was an overflow crowd of interested, energized folks at Wednesday evening’s cohousing exploratory meeting at the Northfield Public Library. About 35 to 40 mostly local attendees put up with my presentation, then discussed whether a local cohousing project on land adjacent to the Northfield city limits should be explored further. By evening’s end, 15 [...]

Cohousing: A new living opportunity in the Northfield area?

Over roughly the past year, I have spent a lot of time researching the possibility of developing a cohousing project in the Northfield area. I have visited several long-established cohousing projects (Nyland Cohousing, Boulder, Colorado; Monterey Cohousing Community, St. Louis Park, Minnesota; Zephyr Valley Community Cooperative, Rushford, Minnesota), read extensively on the subject, and talked [...]

Ad hoc group explores options for Northfield’s energy future

An ad hoc group exploring creative options for meeting the Northfield area’s future energy needs met yesterday (January 24th) in the city council chambers of City Hall. The group heard presentations from Steve Downer, associate executive director of the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, and Anders Rydaker, president of District Energy St. Paul. The group included [...]