|Re: Private Use of Common Land||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mac Thomson (ganeshrmi.net)|
|Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 08:33:19 -0500|
We've got lots of open space on the land that we'll live on -- about 250 acres. About 60 acres of that is irrigated farm land and we've got members who are planning on operating a horse drawn CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on it. We've also got folks who have an at home business which requires a big work barn that they'd like to continue to run once they relocate to cohousing. So we recognized early that we were going to have some issues with private use of common land so we spent some time with it and came up with an agreement. It's a fairly lengthy agreement so I won't paste it here, but you can find it on our website if you're interested. Our website address is in my signature below. The agreement basically says that when someone wants to use the common land on some long term, exclusive basis, they need to get permission and perhaps compensate the community for its use. By exclusive, we mean that when the land is put to a certain use, other uses can't happen there. For example, if a few acres become a CSA operated by a few members, that space is no longer available to pasture horses or for kids to play in or for much of anything besides growing the CSA crops. The agreement provides compensation guidelines which range from zero at one end of the scale for private uses that would have some benefit to the community to the other end of the scale for private commercial uses where some compensation would be required. We envision that much of any compensation that will be negotiated will be in kind. So for example, the CSA might get to use a few acres of common land in exchange for organic veggies for the common house dinners. As far as how the community goes about deciding how the common land gets used for private purposes, I'd imagine that we'll have some committee responsible for that as has been suggested already here. Let the people that care make the decisions and minimize meeting time. -- Mac Thomson San Juan Cohousing ganesh [at] rmi.net Durango, Colorado Web Site: http://www.rmi.net/~ganesh "A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on." - Carl Sandberg
- Private use of common land Pablo Halpern, May 29 1998
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