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Our values

Our vision for Iowa City Cohousing's Prairie Hill neighborhood rests on the concept of community. We embrace our interconnectedness with each other and with the rest of the world. We are looking forward to living in a community where cooperation and mutual respect are celebrated. We believe the shared values listed here will provide a strong foundation for building a healthy and safe social fabric.

We are committed to building a diverse, multi-generational community which is welcoming to everyone. We seek to honor our differences and treat one another with respect.

Openness and honesty
We work to communicate openly and honestly and listen to one another.

We use sociocracy, a process that enables us to make sound decisions more efficiently while sustaining our spirit of community and cooperation. Decisions are made by consent, so everyone has an equal voice. If you’d like to learn more about the process, here is a brief video introduction.

Conflict resolution
We are committed to using a conflict resolution structure that supports everyone involved and stimulates creative solutions.

A balance of togetherness and privacy
We value both community and privacy and seek to strike a balance between the two. We plan to take full advantage of our communal spaces, but also look forward to retreating to the privacy of our own homes.

Environmental consciousness
We're working to make our community as sustainable as possible, weighing the long-term environmental impacts of all of our building decisions. We recycle, reuse, and share resources whenever possible.

Emphasis on alternative transportation
Prairie Hill is located on a bus line, within biking and walking distance of downtown Iowa City. It's a pedestrian-oriented community. Parking and streets are located on the periphery. The common house and some dwellings will have near-by parking to allow for accessible entrance.

A connection with the earth
Prairie Hill's gardens, woods, and landscape design all work together to create a unique sense of place. We strive to be good stewards of this land and mindful of the native plants and animals found there.

Being good neighbors
We value the richness that comes from being part of a larger community. We seek healthy interactions with our neighbors, as well as with the local, state, and global communities.