Cohousing communities attract a diverse population: young professionals and retirees, single people and families, entrepreneurs and artists


In early 2016 Tracy organized a community talk at the Saanich Fairground and over 50 people showed up to hear Dr. Margaret Critchlow introduce “Cohousing on the Saanich Peninsula” and voila, the project was launched. A small group formed, and we visited other cohousing communities, held information sessions and meetings, took walks and workshops together.

People stepped up and stepped back, as is the way in cohousing.   In the spring Barb found herself attending one of the information sessions and there was no turning back.  Tracy and Barb then sharpened the vision for the cohousing project held more information sessions, and more people became interested.  Core elements included;

  • Our homeowner community would be located close to the amenities and green spaces on the Saanich Peninsula. Walkability is very important to us.

  • We welcome introverts and extroverts in all ages and stages of life who value privacy and connection within a simpler, healthier, and more energy-efficient environment.

  • Pets will be welcome.

  • This will be a homeowner community in which rentals are allowed within guidelines.

These are some general principles only. There is ample opportunity for new members to get involved in developing details of these and other policies

Change of name

At the end of 2017 we changed our name to Ravens Crossing Cohousing. Ravens are industrious, smart birds you find all around the Peninsula. In Coast Salish stories they are portrayed as both clever and mischievous - and we liked that!  Even our old logo liked that, as it easily transformed from wave to bird.

Success - We have a site!

Our 13 committed equity members have taken Margaret Critchlow’s course "Is Cohousing for You?" and have contracted with Cohousing Development Consulting (CDC) to assist with our site search and development.

On 29 June 2018, Ravens Crossing Cohousing became the proud owners of a site for their multi-generation, intentional community housing development in Sidney, B.C. Nestled between Resthaven Drive, Brethour and 7th Street, the 26,000 sq. ft planned neighbourhood of 34 homes is a 5-minute walk to the ample amenities Sidney offers, a 10-minute walk to the ocean front, close to transit and green spaces, and a skip and a jump from Sidney Elementary School.

We are lucky to have tenants in the existing buildings on the site who will continue to live there until construction starts. If any are interested in viewing the site, Ravens Crossing Cohousing asks that visitors respect the tenants privacy.

Progress to date

Over the course of the past few months we have been busy working through the design, unit layout and unit size. Our cohousing project manager maintains a pro forma, updated monthly, on behalf of the members who make all the decisions.

At this stage, the project costs and designs are a rough estimate - an "order of magnitude" as we are early in the process. The project will be built at cost, without a developer's profit. Costs and designs become more accurate as the project moves forward.   The current pro forma anticipates an average cost for a home and a share of the common amenities to be in the high $500,000’s excluding GST. Some will cost more and some less depending on unit size, location and desirability factors. And all will benefit from the great location, extensive common amenities, etc

We hope to submit the development permit for Ravens Crossing Cohousing by the autumn (2018) and have construction start in the summer of 2019 with the anticipation that we'll be moving into our new homes by the winter of 2020.