Decision making in legal docs
From: ann zabaldo (
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 12:39:10 -0500
Greetings all!

Takoma Village is in the throes of creating our legal documents.  We
are interested in the language used by other groups when describing
their decision making process in these docs the bank or lending
institution will see (CC&R's, by-laws, etc.)

Generally, the main way groups handle this is to describe the
consensus process and then include a voting back up if the group
cannot come to a decision after a specified amount of time (after 2
meetings or more.)

Another way this is handled is to make the legal docs as mainstream
as possible and have a second document, a "membership agreement"
which is non-binding on the membership, which spells out in detail
the consensus process and the expectation of the group in using it.
Sometimes this document is signed by each member.

I would like to know what language other groups have used to satisfy
the lending institutions and, at the same time, satisfy their own
desire to use a consensus process.  Esp. if it's different than that
stated above.

I was supposed to post this message last week.  Consequently, I am in
a bit of a jam.  Read that as a LARGE jam as we are meeting on this
topic tomorrow.  Hum. hum. hum.  Any relief you can give me is
greatly appreciated.


Best -- Ann Zabaldo
Zabaldo [at]

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