The Home and Community Design
Living Well Community already has 17 mixed use home sites with water, sewer, and road in place, as well as 17 patio home lots. Three cohousing “pods,” or neighborhoods, are currently in the design phase, as cohousing members meet and refine the vision. The development ordinances in Franklinville are based on traditional village design. The book, A PATTERN LANGUAGE, describes these elements. Later phases of the community will include some commercial lots.
Homes will be energy-efficient and utilize principles of Green design. We also are developing home plans that can be built in stages to improve affordability, accessibility, and adaptability. Universal Design Principles, which make buildings function well for young children, the elderly, and people with limited mobility, are encouraged in all structures. Alternative energies, alternative economies, edible landscaping, rainwater catchment systems, geothermal energy, pedestrian and bike transportation are all encouraged. Later phases may include some commercial lots.