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Residential BldgsLocations  Single Units   Apartments

                            Guest Facilities  RV park

Multi-Use BldgsDining Halls  Lounges Warehouses   

                            Offices  Work Shops  Learning Center  

                            Hobby Shops   Barns  Retreat  Chapel

Infrastructure:  Parking  Roads  Fencing  Power  Water

                           Sewage  Garbage  Communications 

Outdoor Facilities


A. Residential Buildings         Back to top

 1. Location / Footprint

Approximately fifteen Clusters of 15 families each would exist. Each cluster would be tightly packed for the smallest footprint. Each cluster would have its own playground, gazebo, workshop/garage, laundry facility, freezers, home office and meeting & recreation room. One cluster might be near the fields / livestock for that farm feel; one might be way out for the hermits. One cluster might be childless.

 2. Single Units         Back to top

Small footprint, single bath, energy efficient lighting, facing the proper direction for energy efficiency, solar panels, hot water timers, sky lights, surrounded by edible vegetation nourished by drip irrigation. Will have ability to shut off all air conditioning except the bedrooms at night. Kitchens would have fire sprinkler systems. Anyone desiring exceptions would have to pay a premium for it.

3. Apartments          Back to top

Apartments could be used for elderly needing light assisted living and for non-growing families. These homes would have additional built-ins geared for the elderly.

4. Guest Facilities         Back to top

Small cottages or apartments without major cooking facilities would be located in each cluster.

5. RV Park, Campsite

One cluster can be a campsite / RV park.


 B. Multi-Use Buildings :         Back to top

1. Dining Halls

Approximately four dining halls feeding 90 persons each would be required. They would provide daily four different menus that would be published to offer variety. Before and after meals the buildings could be used as meeting areas, lounges, coffee shops, etc. A pizza parlor or café could be added later.

2. Lounges          Back to top

Lounges would be provided for different age groups.

3. Offices & Meeting Facilities 

Each cluster would have meeting facilities and small offices.  The trades area would have offices and meeting facilities.

4. Warehouses         Back to top

One warehouse would act as general store. One warehouse would service restaurants. One warehouse would service trades.

5. Workshops        Back to top

Carpenters, plumbers, communications, welders, health services (nurses, gym, massage, barber), etc.

6. Learning Centers

Classrooms, libraries.

7. Hobby Shops         Back to top

        Each cluster will have a hobby shop.

8. Barns

To house backhoe, tractors, farm equipment.

9. Retreat         Back to top

A retreat lodge with accompanying guest houses would be available for seminars, a small get together, or a romantic vacation from the kids.

10. Chapel   (generic)


C. Infrastructure        Back to top

1. Parking    Back to top

Central parking lots could service several housing clusters (4) but walking would be required to them. There would be a paved turn lane into village, then immediately a large central hard surface parking lot. Some dispersed parking for elderly and handicapped. Car sharing would cut down on parking spaces and some vehicle/ boat shelters could be provided.

2. Roadways / Pathways        Back to top

Hard surface roads to warehouse districts, restaurants, elderly residential cluster. Thereafter non-paved roads for emergency vehicle access to regions. Walking paths connecting all regions with low-voltage lighting. Elderly and assisted living buildings would be near restaurants and have connecting sidewalks. Plentiful golf carts, wheelbarrows, carts and covered vehicles would be dispersed.

3. Fencing        Back to top

Fencing could be placed around some homes to keep in kids and pets. Cats would be restricted from the outside. All play grounds, pools and ponds should be fenced, as well as dangerous areas to children.

4. Power        Back to top

Public Power could be used for commercial buildings that have a high energy demand. Alternate power sources could be used for some residences.

5. Drinking Water        Back to top

Municipal water, if available, could be used for fire hydrants and some commercial buildings with high water demands. Wells, equiped with both hand and electric pumps, and cisterns could be used for each residential cluster. Small water towers at each cluster might be needed to create the required water pressure and reserve. An integrated system (toggle on/off) could be used in event of one well failure or fire. Municipal water could tie into it in the event of low water reservoir. Roof rainwater catchment systems could also be used.

6. Sewage       Back to top

Two sewage systems could be used for each cluster: one for grey water and one for black water. Grey water could go into a filter system and then into a holding pond to be used for drip irrigation, toilets and perhaps showers. Black water could go into a shared septic tank or perhaps composting toilets could be used.

Use of Composting toilets or sawdust toilets would reduce the need for 50% of the average domestic water demand. They would also negate the need for the use of fertilizer in the gardens by using a two year composting method.


7. Garbage        Back to top

A garbage center could recycle and compost, then transport the unusable refuse elsewhere. Unused refuse would be kept to a minimum.

8. Communications       Back to top

All buildings could be linked for television, phone and, computer systems. A television / cable service could be provided by the village.

9. Food Raising


D. Outdoor Facilities          Back to top

1. Recreation Fields

2. Playgrounds

3. Picnic Gazebos

4. Hiking Trails.

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