Q: How much will it cost us to live in EcoVillage Charlottesville?
A: Since we are just beginning to develop the design for both the ecovillage as a whole and the individual living units, we do not know what the initial and ongoing costs will be. We are, however, committed to the idea that the ecovillage will be a home for individuals and families within a very wide range of income levels. To this end we are exploring various partnerships and funding sources that will enable us to offer affordable options to many with restricted incomes. We are also looking at ownership and rental options that will not require high down payments of some or all potential community members.
Q: How soon will we be able to move into EcoVillage Charlottesville?
A: We have given ourselves a deadline of August 1, 2019 to have everything in place to finance and begin the build-out of the ecovillage — though we believe we can move much faster than that if we have more help from those of you who want to live here. We need more people to help us develop our plans, negotiate our partnerships, explore funding sources, begin building the infrastructure, find other like-minded residents, and accomplish myriad other tasks as we strive to implement our Vision.
Q: How can I start helping?
A: If you live in the area please come to our Sunday Workdays from 1:30- 5:00 PM and join us for a potluck dinner at 5:30 PM. Whether or not you live in the area, you can volunteer to serve on one of our committees (or form a new committee). Existing committees are: Finance, Governance, Design, Outreach, Communications, and Grounds. Contact Joanie Freeman at email@example.com for more information about joining a committee.
Q: Is EcoVillage Charlottesville going to be an income-sharing community?
A: No, we will not be sharing our incomes, but we hope to share many other things on a voluntary basis, such as tools, bikes, perhaps cars, and other kinds of equipment that people use sporadically. We are also hoping to have some businesses in the community, such as a child-care center and a convenience store that a owned and operated by those who live in the EcoVillage.
Q: How long are the trails in the EcoVillage going to be?
A: The trails within our six and a half acres will not be extensive, but we are working with the trail managers in the county, the city, and the Rivanna Trail Foundation to connect our trails with the more than 20 miles of trails that go around and into Charlottesville. There will be an easy 10 minute bike trail into downtown Charlottesville along the new John Warner Parkway & McIntire Road (perhaps the longest flat stretch of biking trail in Charlottesville).
Q: What will be the work requirements for residents?
A: We do not at this time expect to contract with outsiders to maintain the community grounds, but exactly how we distribute labor, whether or not residents will be able to trade labor for maintenance fees, and all other aspects of community life will be decided by the membership.
Q: Will there be a separate residential area for adults who do not want to live really close to where young children live?
A: This is a design decision which, like many design decisions, has yet to be made. If you want to have influence on such decisions, please join the Design Committee or let us know that you want to be kept informed as they move forward with their work. (If you already indicated on the Design Survey that you want to be kept informed, then that is sufficient. If you haven’t, contact Chris Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Q: Will pets be allowed?
A: Although no formal decision has been made about this issue, we imagine that pets will be a part of EcoVillage Charlottesville. Exactly what the rules will be regarding pets will be decided by the membership.