Participatory process: The future residents participate in the design of the community, from the ground up, so that it meets their needs.
Neighborhood Design: The physical layout of the buildings, the clustering of homes, size and location of the common facility and design of the open space are decided by the people who will live there with the intention of creating a strong sense of community.
Common facilities: These are designed for daily use, are an integral part of the community, and are always supplemental to the private residences.
Resident management: The cohousing community is managed by the residents.
Non-hierarchical structure and decision-making: No one person(s) has authority over others. Decisions are made by consensus.