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Chris ScottHanson Experience

Professional Interests and Expertise

Real Estate, Development, Project Management & Construction

  • Client Service
  • Training
  • Land Search & AcquisitionProject Planning & Budgeting
  • Feasibility
  • Complete Project Management and Construction Supervision
  • Professional Team Selection & Management

Chris ScottHanson is accomplished real estate, development and construction professional with 30+ years of success in the multi-family housing industry. Hands-on industry knowledge of all project phases from land acquisition through sign off and turnover. An extensive list of projects with budgets ranging from $5 million to $25 million. Proven expertise at identifying, evaluating, selecting and managing project professionals at a distant location. Extensive business travel. Extensive public speaking experience. Viet Nam era USAF veteran.

 Professional Skills

Planning and Zoning: Two years of government application and enforcement, and 6 years of permit processing and land use approvals from the private sector. Shorelines, platting and commercial zoning experience.

Green Construction: Early adopter (1981) of green building practices. Personally hand built two homes and many remodels, additions, decks and tree houses. Personally subcontracted two other homes for family.

Human Resources: Talent search, evaluation, selection, management, training & education, as well as outplacement services. Broad experience hiring and managing design and engineering professionals.

Project Management Project specific budgeting, scheduling, and cash flow planning for housing and mixed use development projects ranging from $2.5M to $25M. Outside the box scenario building and problem solving.

Budgeting: Programming, budget pro forma development, specific budget implementation and management, and critical analysis. Includes estimating and cash flow planning. Managing client expectations.

Land Search and Acquisition: Needs analysis, site programming, establishing search criteria, mapping, outreach, evaluation & analysis, selection, negotiations and offer, acquisition and closing.

Marketing: Identifying and attracting new clients. Specializing in buyers interested in green sustainable products, processes, and communities.

Client Service: Programming and client needs evaluation, including development process education and ongoing reporting and communication. Turn over and commissioning of new projects.

Public Speaking: Sales presentations, public education, and awareness campaigns. Workshop development and presentations on:

  • Project Management
  • Community Development
  • Multi-family development process

Small Business and Non-Profit Startup: Organize and manage the start up process for not for profits and real estate LLCs. Set up business procedures, budgeting, and cash flow planning.

Publications & Technical Skills

  • The Cohousing Handbook, Building a Place for Community (1996, 2005).
  • Columnist for The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. A weekly column for than two years.
  • Computer Skills: Mac, Windows, MS Office. Extensive Excel budgeting experience.
  • Nikon Photographer: Semi-professional film and digital photography

Urban Cohousing Associates • PO Box 1288 • Langely, WA 98260
Phone: (206) 601-7802 • Email: cscotthanson@mac.com

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Books on Cohousing

The Essential Books

Cover of Cohousing HandbookCohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community by Chris ScottHanson (Second edition 2004, with Kelly ScottHanson)

One of the earliest and most respected book on cohousing by the designer of the first cohousing communities in the United States. A hands-on guide to building cohousing, this practical manual will give you the basics you need to know to get your Cohousing group off the ground and built.

This book is a guide, a manual, and a source of comfort and inspiration for those who want to create their ideal community. Cohousing is our opportunity to build a better society, one neighborhood at a time.

The Cohousing Handbook covers every element that goes into the creation of a cohousing project including:

  • Group Processes
  • Construction
  • Finances and Budgets
  • Land Acquisition
  • Design Considerations
  • Permits and Approvals
  • Marketing and Membership
  • Working with Design and Development Professionals


Cover of Pocket Neighborhoods by Ross ChapinPocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World by Ross Chapin, Architect.

Pocket Neighborhoods are small-scale neighborhoods where empty nesters single householders, and families can find friendship and a helping hands nearby, and where children have shirt-tail aunt and uncles across the yard. Stories of the people who live there, as well as the progressive planners, innovative architects, pioneering developers, craftspeople and gardeners who helped create them.

Presents the history of shift in the scale of communities over several generations to super-sized houses in seas of development and presents his solution to restore healthy, livable communities. Surveys the pocket neighborhood precursors in history and contemporary equivalents:  New Urban communities, affordable housing, houseboat communities, eco-neighborhoods, and pocket neighborhoods. Full discussion of cohousing in Denmark, America, Australia, and New Zealand. Senior cohousing. Retrofitting neighborhoods.  Highlights the essential principles of pocket neighborhood planning and design, and anecdotes about personal experiences. Photographs, drawings, illustrations and site plans, and a further resources .


Cover of Creating CohousingCreating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett.

The cohousing “bible” by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, award-winning architects who introduced the concept of cohousing to the United States in their first book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. Katy and Chuck have designed more than fifty cohousing communities in the United States and consulted on many more around the world. They founded The Cohousing Company: McCamant & Durrett Architects. They are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary for creating the word “cohousing” from “cooperative” and “housing,” in their 1988 book, Cohousing. (This book is out of print but worth a trip to ABE Books to find a used copy.)


Cover of Senior CohousingThe Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living, by Charles Durrett, 2nd Edition

The latest title in the essential readings on cohousing covers the fastest growing type of cohousing — communities for aging Baby-Boomers and others. These over-55 communities are often created next door to a more typical multigenerational cohousing community. These communities are built by the future residents and designed to meet their needs, not those households with children.

Senior cohousing is for the healthy, educated, and proactive adults who want to live in a social and environmentally vibrant community. Custom-built neighborhoods organized for health, longevity, and quality of life.

Senior Cohousing is a comprehensive guide to joining or creating a cohousing project. The author deals with all the psychological and logistical aspects of senior cohousing and addresses common concerns, fears, and misunderstandings. He emphasizes the many positive benefits of cohousing, including:

  • Better physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health
  • Friendships and accessible social contact
  • Safety and security
  • Affordability
  • Shared resources

Urban Cohousing Associates

Urban Cohousing Associates Inc. (UCA) was established by Chris ScottHanson in 2010 to replace Cohousing Resources, LLC.  UCA is associated with Connexus Cohousing Collaborative and works closely with Jasen Robillard, its principal.

Chris ScottHanson, Principal

Chris Scott-HansenChris is a respected leader in cohousing development in North America and author of The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community. A development consultant since 1981, Chris has a broad range of experience in all aspects of multifamily housing, from land acquisition through construction. Chris has evaluated over 2,000 properties and assisted more than 35 cohousing groups across North America with all aspects of the cohousing development process. Chris prefers front-end project planning and land acquisition, as well as finding and developing the business relationships with local project professionals, including developers, contractors, architects, engineers, and lawyers. To read more…

Stewart Mayer, Associate

Stewert Mayer

Stew brings over 25 years of project management experience in sustainable real estate development and construction to the Urban Cohousing Associates team. An architect and general contractor, his design/build portfolio includes all manner of commercial and residential projects, including cohousing and retirement communities, rehabilitation and renovation projects, single and multi-family housing, and “Eco-resort” ventures in both the Caribbean and Central America.  He has worked on projects ranging in value from $250k – $25M, and in scale from infill lots to 80+ acres development sites.  With Chris ScottHanson, Stew was co-development manager for the 69-acre Sawyer Hill Ecovillage cohousing community in Berlin MA. Stew is currently active in project development on both east and west coasts.  He holds a B.A. in Architecture & Construction Technology from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley

Jasen Robillard, Associate

Jasen RobillardJasen is an Associate at Urban Cohousing Associates, Inc, and principal at Connexus Cohousing Collaborative. He manages the Canadian business interests and acts as the lead contact for cohousing groups seeking advice and consulting services vis­-à -vis land acquisition, group formation, and residential development project management. His past project management experience in environmental, geotechnical, and geological engineering consulting together with his background in software training, group facilitation, and community organization leadership provides the broad skill base required to lead a cohousing project to completion.