|Re: A cohousing metropolis||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Virginia Moreland (vmorelandmindspring.com)|
|Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 06:36:31 -0600|
We're trying to do this with just two clusters and two common houses, but we're really struggling right now with decision making. Maybe someone will have some words of wisdom. We've assumed that each cluster will make all their own decisions regarding their common house, their meal-organization, etc. They can then use face-to-face consensus as we had always planned. The touble comes with all the decisions that affect both phases, which are contiguous and the jointly share a much larger common property. You can't very well have two different sets of rules for, say, dogs running loose or use of pesticides, and we need to handle as one community things like insurance, dealing with the utilities, etc. Yet when we're full there will be sixty-seven units, some with additional renters, and probably something like 100 to 120 adults. Since this group started with a very strong commitment to consensus, some are unwilling (or at least very uneasy) to use any kind of representational smaller group, or to let the HOA Board (which is specified in our legal documents) have any more than the most minimal responsibility for actual legal and busines issues. The heart of the problem seems to be that even if your operating committee, Board, whatever - makes their decisions by consensus, it isn't the same as having every member present and consenting to every decision. I think we'll work it out, but it's not easy. (Every so often I say that if we can figure this out and make it work it will be a great contribution to the advancement of cohousing as a mainstream option. :) I'm not sure that helps!) Ginny Moreland East Lake Commons Atlanta where, by the way, our office was also swamped with emails and phone calls after the Dateline piece. > >Why not plan the whole community as a cohousing village with ten 30 unit >neighborhood clusters and ten common houses. I guess I have delusions of >grandeur, now don't I? > >Joani Blank > >
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