Re: Help Needed with "Living There" - Document
From: emccourt (
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 09:57:08 -0700 (PDT)
I cannot provide any advice on what you should actually have in your provisions 
and covenants, but I can say from experience at Oak Creek Commons in Paso 
Robles that it is NOT a good idea to let the agreements get filed with standard 
language with the intention to flesh things out with your operating agreements 
after moving in.  

At OCC, pushing through the standard California CC&Rs and not taking the time 
up front to hammer out our expectations and disagreement, due to the well 
intentioned but misguided view that this would all fall easily into place after 
moving in, and a sense of urgency about the constuction, has led to a a highly 
charged political environment. We are now working through every one of the 
seven Ps that we were told about.  Currently Privacy, Parenting (or progeny), 
and Parking are the hot topics.  We have not really tackled Participation. We 
have a legacy Process, which is under review, and I think we have an uneasy 
rapproachment on pets.  (I can't remember the last P).

Looking back, I think we spent much too much time on construction, adding to 
the costs, and much too little time on infrastructure, adding to the 

Eileen McCourt
Oak Creek Commons
Paso Robles, CA

> From: Hyghroad [at]
> Date: 2005/07/17 Sun AM 10:07:11 PDT
> To: cohousing-l [at]
> Subject: [C-L]_ Help Needed with "Living There" - Document
> Hello Fello Co-Housers and Interested Parties:
> Here at Common Pastures in Charlotte, VT we have happily broken ground and 
> look forward to our first sales this fall. (If you would like more 
> information 
> about living at Common Pastures please visit our website at 
> One task currently on the table is to create our list of Community Provisions 
> and Convenants. Any help I could get from cohousing communities that have 
> been through this process would be greatly appreciated.
> Could anyone:
>        1) e-mail copies of their documents for my reference and use
>        2) provide any insights that may guide me as the leader of this task 
> force
> Thank you in advance.
> Kelly Devine
> Common Pastures
> aka Champlain Valley Cohousing
> Charlotte, Vermont
> 802-425-5030
> hyghroad [at]
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