Common Ground

Common Ground Housing Development in Washington State

 

The Project:

A 7 acre sustainable net-zero energy mixed income housing development in Washington State, created by the Lopez Community Land Trust.

common ground housing project

Accomplishments:

• Net-zero energy consumption due to high-efficiency design, straw-bale construction, onsite solar hot water and electricity

• 11 single family homes

• 2 rental units

Organization Profile:

Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) was established in 1989 with the expressed goal of building a diverse, sustainable island community, specifically through programs that primarily support low-income households according to these purposes:

a. To acquire and hold land in trust in order to provide for permanently affordable housing. Homes shall be built and lands shall be used in an environmentally sensitive and socially responsible manner.

b. To provide permanently affordable access to land for such purposes as quality housing, sustainable agriculture and forestry, cottage industries and co-operatives by forever removing the land from the speculative market.

c. To develop and exercise responsible and ecological practices, which preserve, protect and enhance the land’s natural attributes.

d. To serve as a model in land stewardship and community development by providing information, resources and expertise.

Common Ground Housing Development Plans and Specs