|New View's Charter||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Nancy Wight (wighthpwarr.wal.hp.com)|
|Date: Thu, 15 Jul 93 10:06 CDT|
Oops, I forgot to attach the charter! Thanks James and Judy for pointing that out! We originally wrote two charters: A development charter and an organizational charter. The organizational charter eventually became our legal bi-laws, which we don't have easily accessible online. The one thing missing from this charter is that after we wrote it, we came up with primary and secondary goals (I thought we had incorporated them into the charter later). We had each person (we were 11 then) write down one or two things which if our community didn't have, they wouldn't be able to stay in the community. These were things like, 40 minutes or less commute to Boston, good schools, open space, etc. These became our primary goals, by which we measured our decisions. Our secondary goals were things that we felt very strongly about, but as long as we got *most* of them, it would still be OK for people. I don't have these online either, but eventually, we are going to get organized such that we can send these documents to other groups who request them (right now we can send our bi-laws for $10.00 copying and mailing fee). NEW VIEW NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT Development Charter ------------------- Group Purpose ------------- Our purpose is to create a community whose architectural and social organization will enrich our daily lives. We will design and build a residential development with generous common facilities, including a common house. Houses will be set along pedestrian streets to encourage social activity. Car access will be limited. We strive to create a social structure where friends and community will always be near, yet the privacy of our homes will be preserved. Our shared labor, responsibilities, and experiences within the community will enrich our social environment, provide a sense of unity and belonging, reduce the overhead of daily living, and realize some economies of scale. Goals ----- We are looking for a less burdensome and alienating lifestyle. Our primary goal is to enjoy the benefits of community living and shared facilities while supporting individual autonomy and household privacy. We want our community to enrich our lives. We intend to build a community whose design and organization supports daily, casual interactions and shared experiences. We want to live among neighbors who watch out for one another. We hope that our common interests and responsibilities will produce a sense of unity, mutual trust, and belonging among the community members. We hope to find a more ecologically sustainable way of life. We will investigate ways that our coordinated actions can benefit the world. Energy efficiency will be a high priority in our architecture. Sharing facilities that would otherwise be redundant is another way to reduce our burden on the natural environment. We want to make our lives easier. Through shared facilities, labor, and responsibilities, we can take advantage of the economies of scale afforded by a cooperative group. By pooling our resources we can enhance our living environments in ways that would be wasteful or unaffordable to us individually. We strive for diversity ( of age, income, race, belief, sexual orientation, background, etc. ) Within our community we will be as responsive as possible to individual needs and preferences. Our Vision of the Community --------------------------- We want to be a diverse group whose common ground is the community and the experiences we share living within it. We dream of a community that protects individual privacy while it encourages sociability, and that respects each household's uniqueness while it invites unity. We envision a community in which every member does her or his part. This begins with careful screening of potential members, and continues with policies that encourage continued participation. We imagine a site with trees, near water, with a sense of space and peace. It should be near enough to the city that mass transit is accissable. There will be between 15 and 25 households, all clustered around pedestrian streets or courts. The community will focus on a common building or buildings that include generous facilities for dining, recreation, guests, laundry, parking, workshops, and offices. Dwellings will be close-set to encourage neighborly interaction and to provide a maximum of open space on the site for recreation and solitude. Specifics About Our Development ------------------------------- We will begin the development process by refining our list of requirements for the location, the site, the buildings (inside and out), and the community. We have already outlined our decision-making structure in the Organizational Charter, which includes the process for incorporating new members into the community. Future steps in the development process will include writing a budget and development plan, finding and financing a site, incorporating and developing community bylaws, developing a site and architectural plan, constructing the facilities, and developing a social and organizational structure for the community itself. Each stage of development will involve all community members. Location: we want to be within 40 minutes of downtown Boston (one hour commute at rush hour), accessible to good schools, and be near some form of public transit, such as commuter rail. Site: we envision a site with o trees o water nearby for swimming o a minimum of 5 acres, but hoping for 10 to 15 o 15-25 households o pedestrian streets o open space for recreation o undeveloped areas o off-street parking Common Facilites: we propose that the common building(s) include o a dining room and kitchen o guest room(s) o childrens', teenagers', and adults' recreation rooms o laundry facilities o workshop space o offices o wheelchair access o sauna, hot tub, and exercise facilities Individual Dwellings: o Each house will have complete facilites, including kitchen and dining areas, laundry hookups, storage space, etc. o There will be 3-5 floorplans to choose from, with provision for later additions. o Each house will have a private and a semi-private outdoor area. o Most houses will be 2 stories and close-set (perhaps attached) to save space. o All dwellings should be partly wheelchair accessible, and some dwellings (nearest the common house) will be completely wheelchair accessible. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Nancy
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