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Cooperative Living in Rural Areas: Presentation on Legal Options & Networking

Hosted by Zola Rose of Common Ground

Sunday, 14th July, 4pm to 6pm

The cost of the event is tiered: $10 to $25 per person

Register for the event here

At Riverside Centre

This event is for anyone interested in advancing or living in cooperative living (ie tiny home village, ecovillage, co-living, co-housing, papakāinga, agrivillage, etc) in Te Tauihu (top of the South), Aotearoa NZ.  We welcome iwi, community-based organisations, developers, builders, council staff, elected members, students, and general members of the public.

Part 1

Presentation on the legal options for using the Cooperative Living planning rule (Plan Change 60) of the Tasman Resource Management Plan, which allows for 3+ dwellings on rural land as long as there is cooperative ownership or use of land and buildings.

We will be hosting Michael Stocker, a director and lawyer at Client Legal Solutions, who will present on the many legal structures and arrangements that could be employed to take advantage of this planning rule. We offer this content in the hopes that it will clarify, secure, and make the process of setting up a cooperative living arrangement more affordable.

We will focus on the subtopics of:

  • Landowners wishing to use this planning rule and not transfer title to a group (keep ownership) and therefore a focus on the cooperative “use” rather than “ownership” of land and buildings

  • Groups wishing to purchase land together with a focus on the “co-op ownership” aspect, at least for land

  • How security of tenure can be strong for those with the “use” option (lease) for all parties

  • Ways to keep affordability in the legal and consenting process

  • Possibly, we could touch on democratisation (i.e. how much control the landowner retains in the “use” option vs. devolving decisions to a wider group)

  • Email Zola (the organiser) if there is a related legal topic you'd like covered.  We will have time for a Q&A with Michael.

Part 2

Networking. We will offer some activities to get people connected in meaningful ways. Plant-based nibbles and refreshments will be served.

Your ticket price covers food, venue, and koha for the legal presentation and facilitation.  We greatly appreciate your participation and support.

The event is hosted by the Cooperative Living Steering Group and facilitated by Zola Rose of Common Ground, a community development and engagement practitioner currently living at Riverside Community in the Tasman District. Visit www.commonground.net.nz to access resources, sign up for the newsletter, download the strategy document, and more.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post's content are those of the facilitator/event organiser and do not necessarily reflect Riverside Community Trust Board's official position and policy. Please contact the facilitator directly for all questions regarding this post's content.

Cooperative Living Rurally


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