Hello and good day one and all.
This is a short update, following my recent post.
I met with our lawyer on Friday. She was very optimistic about our plans. We didn't go into them with great detail, as I went primarily to find out about the building permits. But we are going to have lunch when she is next available, for us to pitch the whole plan, and see if she is interested in joining our project. She seems very much the person for us. We have done all of our dealings with her so far, and besides being highly professional, extremely hard working, and very well connected, she is truly a wonderful person, and every interaction with her is always visiting a friend.
In terms of the permits, she has less to do with the process right now, but once the building is complete, the other builds and the rest of the project, incliluding forming the company etc, will be no problem at all, in her words.
So lawyer, check ✔️
Today, we met with our architect. She is a mother of two, and the whole family came to the land for our "official meeting". We had such a great time, and really connected!
OK, bad news. Once we told her about the fire risk and what they said, she basically said we can't build.
Good news. Once we told her our plan, not the whole ecoVillage, but fireproofing the land and suggesting it as a plan that can be implemented around Portugal, she seemed much more interested. She was honest, (no blind optimism) and said that this hasn't been done. Everyone either builds illegally, or moves to another place, as they did. But she is very interested and pleased with our plan. She really feels for the land, and what has happened to Portugal agriculturally over the last few decades, and she wants us to succeed... She is invested emotionally in our plan, and she already said we will speak with the architect, and the forestry department, and if need be, she will help us present our plan to the president of the penamacor municipality...!
I told Lila, I think we need to find a woman accountant (accountess?) .. Seems to be the way to go..
So, right now I am sending her the details of our land deed, and will be sending her our fireproofing plan, so she will translate it into Portuguese..!!
I mean... Come on... If your going to battle bureaucracy belligerently, this is the way to do it...
Hope to update soon with more news, she wants us to meet with the Penamacor architect this Friday.. So we'll see.
As for me, I will continue to do whatever I can to make this dream, nay, this vision, manifest.
To all of you with visions out there, it is your responsibility to believe in them.. Believe strongly enough, and others will start seeing them too.