Community Layout Ideas

Imagine a community model…  about a mile square….

  • A gated community
  • a humanitarian co-op
  • with sustainable free energy
  • solar power
  • wind power
  • water harvested from the air
  • hydroponics and permaculture
  • organic agriculture providing our nutritional needs
  • compressed dirt brick construction or other wise uses of natural resources found on the land itself.
  • a blend of old and new… with cutting edge science and technology in a new kind of community that produces its own needs from mother earth.

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Imagine a gated community with…

neighborhoods made up of 1-acre parcels…

wrapped around common areas for… 

  • an orchard
  • grape vines
  • honey bees
  • vegetable gardens
  • a fish pond and
  • an old fashioned barn
  • with stalls
  • for milking the cows
  • shaving the sheep
  • or saddling the horses
  • a ranch
  • with pasture

-Hub-Om has a commitment to improve the lives of those in the community and help them to be the highest version of themselves.  In so doing, the community will also be the highest version of itself.

-We believe the most efficient way to achieve these goals is by working in cooperation in a small community model.

-To keep the community small we start with the model of a gated community.

-One-mile is made up of 640 square acres.  We can create a layout that deliberately stays within a one mile square of residential area .

-Main Street is laid across the front of the gated community rather than down the center. This will keep tourist traffic from entering our private living areas.  Any enterprises that would attract patrons from outside the community would be placed in this “Main Street” area of the community.

-About 75 acres are designated for Main Street businesses open to the public outside the community; a natural food restaurant, a farmer’s market, a spiritual center, an art gallery, a bookstore, all featuring the gifts and talents of our own community residents. Most businesses, however, will be home-based and focused on the needs of the residents of the community at no charge as their gift to add to the benefits package. Main Street is designed for outlets for gifts and talents and income of currency that can be used outside the community.

-The Farmer’s Market will be stocked with fresh organic foods from the community garden farms. Residents, retirees, young singles and couples can help maintain the neighborhood gardens.  Farmer’s markets can also supply the local natural foods restaurants. The community goal is to create more than we consume.  There may also be enough extras to sell to the public, but the first priority is to meet the needs of the community residents.

-Family Neighborhoods are made up of 1-acre lots wrapped around 5 acres of common areas in the center.

-Households with no children are situated along the community side of Main Street inside the gated area.  These areas would be populated by retirees, young single adults and young married adults.  This population will always be moving and changing, while family neighborhoods with children will more than likely remain constant.

The common areas will be in the center of each family block designated for the use of the entire community. The homes would wrap around the common area as you often see in a golf course community. The HOA will work together to design what will be done with the common areas including:

-Recreation; hiking, horseback riding, walking trails, a community pool, a spa or recreation center
-Income producing; manufacturing of a product designed by someone within the community,
-Food producing; ranching, farming, aquaponics, gardening, orchards,
-Community Buildings; churches, libraries, schools, clinics, hospitals
Infrastructure; water, power, communications, storage, security, underground areas,

Residents will feel closely associated and supported by attending Neighborhood Planning Meetings and Home Owners Association Meetings, whether they live in neighborhoods made up of family dwellings, retirement villas or neighborhoods of young adult apartments.

Experts of many fields will require space to conduct their services.  The expert in animal husbandry, for instance, will require a facility to carry out his responsibilities. The head of security will need a facility to carry out his responsibilities.  The expert in green transportation will require space for the maintenance of vehicles. Given the small size of the community, these facilities will be close enough to where these experts build their residence that cars and commutes will be eliminated.  If and when they move out of the community, the replacement will live in the home that corresponds with this position within the community.

An expert in farm animals will be a resident and will oversee the care of the animals. An expert in permaculture will also be a resident and be available for training and teaching how to grow the vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds necessary to sustain our families.

A common area may be used for pasture, a fish pond, animals, a barn or two, orchards, grape vines, solar and wind generators, underground storage and other items that help create a self-sustaining block. Even a man-made lake for watering the animals and raising fish would be a pastoral view and relaxing to see from your living room window.

These common areas will also be used for community properties such as a church building, a school building, a gymnasium, a ball field, a pool, a skate park and other conveniences to be used by all.

Church buildings can be shared by all clergy in the community with times slots arranged during the week for each. Learning centers will be shared by many learning programs in the same way. Home schooling will be supplemented by team sports, choirs, drama productions, science and history seminars, special education and other programs based upon the special skills of the members of the community.

As a Neighborhood Planning Committee is formed they may choose to arrange homes closer together with a central area for animals, gardens and greenhouses or they may want the full acre for their private property and keep their food production separate from their dwelling. They may want their back yards adjacent with a fenced area in the middle for children to play. They may want a cul-de-sac with front doors facing each other. In any case, 10 households make a “neighborhood” and 2 neighborhoods make a “block”, with a 5-acre common area in the center.

The estimated population of Phase I of this model is 2400.

 

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The total of children will vary per household, but we might be able to predict an average of two children per household.

The retirees and the young adults make up another 600 households with an estimate of one or two adults per household, bringing the total population to approximately 3500.

The community will be educated in self-sufficiency assisting each other in achieving sustainability through cooperation.

Lawn mowers, power weed cutters and other large power tools can be managed by the neighborhood co-op.

We can merge the best of the modern city with the best of country living by laying out the community plan before roads are put in or construction begins. About 400 families in a will own one acre of land. From this land they commit to producing enough food for the entire community. They each build one home on their acre and a few out buildings needed to carry out the services that they offer the community.  They may also want to have a presence on Main Street to cater to customers outside the community as well.

Architecture styles will vary from underground homes to dome homes to Victorian to compressed earth. Homes will be far enough apart that they will not have to match. There will be no home owner’s association that forces conformity to a specific style or color scheme unless 100% consensus for your neighborhood can be reached to do so.

These one-acre parcels are placed around a common area used for pasture, animals that are too large to board on your own land, green houses, solar, wind and other forms of clean energy equipment, barns, plowing equipment, tools and other items that the block agrees upon.

Early American communities started out with large parcels, but over time zoning laws came into the picture to control what can be done where. Large parcels were subdivided in order to squeeze in more homes and other buildings. In so doing, they unwittingly created a lifestyle that is no longer self-sustaining. Small lot sizes prevent residents from planting large gardens and raising animals. Most residential areas are zoned with laws that prevent owning farm animals.

In most communities today, self-sufficiency is a thing of the past. If you have a desire for neighbors, schools, shopping, interaction and involvement in the affairs of the community you are forced to give up the idea of being off-the-grid in a self-sustaining life-style. However in an ABCDevelopment, the walk to Main Street is one mile from the farthest point of the community and will supply all of the shopping, interaction and community, yet the benefits of rural living will also be possible and will be honored and protected for those who have a desire to live in a sustainable way.

Young single adults will be encouraged to enter the community and offer their strength and energy with a contract that shifts and changes with the various stages of life. An apartment complex with 200 units will be placed in the area near Main Street for this purpose. Their youthful energy will be exchanged for rent, food and the benefits package. These will be obvious candidates for the next community that will be built.

Rental cottages will be another living option. Community residents who offer live-in training programs out of their home may choose to build a small cottage on their 1- acre lot to accommodate a trainee or apprentice. These tenants will be in transition working towards self-sufficiency. Cottage residents may be those who are attending a training program, a voluntary recovery program or a probationary program.  Those who own these cottages may have a career as well as a ministry working with people who are dealing with addictions, anger management issues or other limiting life challenges. Cottages provide an opportunity to have a live-in apprentice who will eventually move on.

Retirement villas and a community center will take about 50 acres near to shopping and restaurants. These buildings can be designed by those who will live in them. A community pools, tennis courts, golf or club houses can be planned by their own planning committee with an 100% consensus.  Retirees will come in with cash and land donations rather than labor or services donations. They will be the leaders of the community with much expertise and experience to lend to the planning committee meetings.

A wall might be built from compressed earth to surround the entire community.  Two or three gates will be on the sides of the community. Fields of grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables can be added around the outside of the square mile of community to support the needs of the community.

 

The establishment of Utopia is not complete until there is abundance for all—not merely all who live in our own community, but all humankind.

Teré Foster

CHARITY ECO-CITY

 

Once the entire community has reached its own goals for self-sufficiency through gardens, farming, ranching, home-based businesses, bartering and trading, as well as Main Street income, we can begin to set goals to assist those who cannot become self-sufficient without assistance. These may be families from 3rd World Nations or from right here at home.

Because we are humanitarians and hope to heal the world, this plan isn’t reaching its full spiritual development until we bring in the homeless, the ill, the under employed, those on government assistance and the elderly who have no income. As we build high-energy humanitarian communities, our final phase is to care for these that cannot are for themselves through charitable contributions from inside and outside the community.

Charity is one of the driving goals of a utopian society helping people who are not in a safe or prosperous living situation.  We dedicate 5 acres of Main Street for this purpose.  A special apartment complex for charity situations will provide the space to make a difference in the lives of others.

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