|RE: cohousing w/in larger development||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Exchange) (RobsanExchange.MICROSOFT.com)|
|Date: Tue, 30 Jul 1996 18:16:33 -0500|
>Mable Kinzie wrote: >> >> We at Charlottesville Cohousing are in the site selection process. A local >> developer has some interest in working with us to incorporate a cohousing >> neighborhood within his larger development and he wants to know if >> residents of the larger development will be able to join us for dinner, use >> some of the common facilities, etc. > >The scale of your common facilities will dictate how many can participate. >Community dinner is a great opportunity to involve people in real community >dialogs, I always try and setup tours I give to include community dinner >whereever possible. However, your commonhouse budget is a constraint. How >big a commonhouse do you plan? Will it accomodate lots of non-cohousing >neighbors? Or just a few? > >I would be very clear about maintaining control over this facility. If the >developer wants to create one large homeowners association to cover all the >homes in the development, rather than a separate entity, I would be cautious >about representation. If you are seriously outnumbered then your commonhouse >could end up becoming something like an excercise room in a typical condo. > >If you are an autonomous organization, attached to the larger development, >and can control the design and use of the commonhouse, I would go ahead and >agree to let others be a part of the community and just set up some sort of >associate member process for those who want to be involved in the community. >I would setup both a participation and fee expectation for associate members >so they contribute a reasonable amount of both time and money to the common >elements. > >The key element is self controlled management. You want the community to owm >and control the commonhouse, however a jointly owned and controlled shop >might be cool and work out well. > >Rob Sandelin >Sharingwood
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