Finally we have made a great start in a long term dream and purchased 110heacters in NSW (near Glenn Inns, amazing land, very beautiful ) to build a ecovillage/community (so to call it) apon.
Land is perfect many natural resources , springs, creeks, deer, goats, wild foods already there for a start.
Problem we are facing is with local shire laws and the steps needed to take to officialy start the ecovillage down the right tracks.
Our basic accommodation module has been developed by a specialist architect, and we have no problems with getting ONE of these units built on the land. a 2 bedroom cottage made from hay bails and cob (claymud/sand/straw), the plans have been drafted to NSW regulations and Australia building standards and is guaranteed to get passed by the architect.
The land has a current building title for the next 5 years. (ok to build)
Problem we face is there is a multi occupancy clause that makes it so other occupancy's must be attached to each other and in this shire sub division's must be 500acears and our block is 300, i assume if we declair it a village as such we dont have to worry about this restrictions? all this is great in theory with common law so the speak but in practice what form do i start with? Or really in common law we just start? but i would rather the shire on my side and not against me....
So what steps must i take to somehow declair the land as a village under law or freeman / common law, legitly I first register a Co OP and then the transfer the land into the Co Op's name????
What are my REAL options to get this achevied?
selling the land and buying elsewhere is not a option.
I have spoke to the town planer and they are "ok" with this but they cant change the restrictions ( they are attending expo's with plans to try change it), a loop hole they subconsciously suggested to me was to declair all "homes" as rural sheds and apply for a exemption every 12 months.
Any more ideas?
Any lawyers would like to offer there services at a Discounted price to help draft a few contracts and help set up a Co OP or Pty Ltd to manage / own the property would be much appreciated, please forward quote to me. It will be a Trading Co Op Group ( i think will be best), not non for profit co op, we have 2 members required for Co-op Group or could get 5 if required for the co-op.
Any help / ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Or any questions on any thing to do with our planing don't hesitate to ask.
Confused once again....
Edited by vual, 17 January 2012 - 11:19 AM.