RE: Private? Public? or something in between?
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 10:27:01 -0600 (MDT)
At Sharingwood we put up a small handpainted wooden sign one year at our  entrance which read something like: Private  development, pedestrians welcome, please leash your dogs.
This turned back those people whose dogs were causing a problem, did not deter the other folks that walk through our neighborhood. We have on occasion had problems with  kids from up the road using our play set and woods without being invited. Unaccompanied and uninvited children are not allowed in our neighborhood, mostly for insurance and safety reasons but also because of some history of kids acting in ways parents here did not like. In all cases, a conversation with the parents solved the problems. I personally have learned many good things about the local politics and events from our walk through neighbors and I personally really like knowing the neighbors up the road on a first name basis.
Rob Sandelin
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Subject: [C-L]_Private? Public? or something in between?

Hi everyone:
Solterra is a community of 40 lots on 20 acres.  About 1/2 of the lots are
now occupied and we are going to complete our common house around the end of
the year.  We completed our system of paths a few months ago providing access
to our common lands, our common house and all our houses without going on our
roads.  Many of our houses are located within several feet of a path.

Our paths have proven attractive to our surrounding neighborhood, and kids on
bikes, people walking dogs, and strollers are a common sight.  Not hordes of
people, but enough to cause serious concern on the part of some of our
members when bikes are driven too fast, etc.

This has revealed a fundamental difference or opinion in our community.  Many
feel we should welcome "the neighborhood" to use our paths and get to know
us, and we them.  Many feel that we accepted smaller lots because we own a
share of our common land, and the paths should be ours to use, not the
general public.  Others would like to wait and see if it becomes a serious
problem before taking action, such as putting up "private" signs.

This issue must have been addressed by several other communities, and we
would like to hear from you.

- What do you do about access by neighbors?
- Has it been beneficial?
- Do you encourage or discourage it?
- Have you had any problems?
- Have you put up signs?
- How were they worded?
- What has worked for you?

Your comments would be very much appreciated.

Gordon Lambert
Solterra Cohousing, Durham, NC

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