Public hearing on Paonia cohousing proposal Thursday

By Tamie Meck

The Paonia Planning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed Silver Leaf cohousing project beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Paonia Town Hall.

Cohousing is described as "an intentional community of private homes clustered around a shared space." According to the project website, Silver Leaf is an elder cohousing community planned for construction on 2.84 acres located on Third Street between Clark and Minnesota avenues. When complete, the project will include 10 small detached units and one duplex of universal design. Common amenities will include organic garden space, native landscaping, an outdoor wood-burning hearth for baking, and a shared community building with space for a kitchen, dining area, multi-purpose room, guest space, creative space, shop, laundry room and exercise area.

Project developer Circle Development Corporation, is a not-for-profit established solely for the project.

For more information about the project, visit