Participatory Development Process One of the features of cohousing that sets it apart from other living types is that the future residents are involved and participate in the planning and design of their future community. In a typical housing project, the developer hires an architect to design a product that the developers marketing team can sell. In cohousing, the future residents work with the architect and developer to create a community that meets their needs. Although not all of the future residents are involved in the planning, the core group of future residents often build bonds during this process which form the basis of the future community. By working together to achieve a mutual goal, the future residents are creating a common history for new residents to become a part of. The relationships and social community flow out of the physical process of housing development.