Common Characteristics of Cohousing Authors and architects McCamant & Durrett in their book state: Cohousing developments vary in size, location, type of ownership, design and priorities. Yet in our research we were able to identify four common characteristics: 1. Participatory Process Residents organize and particpate in the planning and design process for the housing development, and are responsible as a group for all final decisions. 2. Intentional Neighbourhood Design The physical design encourages a strong sense of community. 3. Extensive Common Facilities An integral part of the community, common areas are designed for daily use, to supplement private areas. 4. Complete Resident Management Residents manage the development, making decisions of common concern at community meetings.