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July 2020                                                                                Check out our newsletter archive 

Yes, it's summertime. Despite everything, the living still can be easy.

Now that we've reached Stage 3 of the recovery throughout most of Ontario, we're looking for opportunities to get together to socialize and enjoy each other's company.

We've had some impromptu cycling and canoe expeditions, and appropriately distanced coffee klatches. And of course our Zoom dinner parties and chatlines continue to provide the glue that binds our community.

We're definitely busy. Our Site committee recently updated us on the work they've been doing to acquire a site. Still a few hoops to jump through, but we are getting closer!

Without a doubt we're living in interesting times, and one sure sign is the big leap in interest about Peterborough life. While we're not exactly hipsters, we've always known that Peterborough is a great place to make a home.

We've always known too that shared living offers an antidote to many of the pitfalls of our times. It comes in many shapes: this approach to shared living proves yet again that people need community to thrive. And they'd like to live near Peterborough as well.

As we've already mentioned, we've suspended our orientation sessions at least until the end of the summer. We're still getting inquiries, however, and when things settle down somewhat we hope to invite you for a closer look at KCC.

Bur for now, we welcome your inquiries. Feel free to contact us anytime at

Enjoy your summer!
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go and not be questioned. – Maya Angelou
Finding a Site for Our Home

Anyone who has ever been involved with a building project knows that it’s a series of milestones. As soon as you reach one, you move on to the next. That’s definitely been our experience.

Kawartha Commons has had its eyes on a promising site near downtown Peterborough for some time. Right now we’re waiting for a response from the City planning department about environmental issues at the site. Once that’s settled, we’ll draw up some preliminary plans for a more comprehensive review by the City.

If they don't raise any substantial objectionss, we’ll be good to go. And that’s when we'll need to make a big decision: do we purchase the site?

Assuming we do, that’s when we kick off a Site and Common House design workshop with a cohousing consultant. It will be lot of work, but a lot of fun too.

We’ll also need to bring together a design team: an architect; structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers; and a landscape architect. They’ll provide us with their estimates, which will give us a clearer idea of what this is all going to cost us.

If their estimates are reasonable, we'll start developing full architectural plans. Then it’s shovels in the ground!

Right now, there are way more questions than answers, and we’re at least a couple of years away from moving in to our new homes. Yet despite all the uncertainty, it’s exciting to see some results from all our hard work these past few years.

We can’t wait to tell you more. Stay tuned!


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