|Re: Rules & Regs||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Peg Blum (pegbcambridgecohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 07:39:19 -0700 (PDT)|
Michael, in Cambridge Cohousing (MA) we decided, before our 41 households moved in, that we wanted as few Rules and Regulations as possible. We had 4 rules adopted before move-in (Parking, Accessory Uses of Units, Rentals, Pets). 5 years after move-in we adopted a rule on Smoking because it had become an issue of concern and we needed written clarification to help folks deal with the issue. (It was always accepted that there would be no smoking in common interior space.) BTW during the 3 years of development no community member was a smoker...but then visitors and family members and a closet smoker surfaced, but it still took us 5 years to decide we needed a rule! You may view our bylaws and rules and regs on our website. http://www.cambridgecohousing.org/ After 7 years of living in community, I think our minimalist approach is working well. When issues arise, we do try to discuss as a community and sometimes refer problems to our Community Life Committee or our Managing Board. One can never anticipate exactly which issues will become problematic for your community and we believed it was best to deal with the issues as they arose. (Not every concern needs a regulation! Sometimes it just needs discussion at a general meeting or on email.) Peg Blum pegb [at] cambridgecohousing.org http://www.cambridgecohousing.org ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Scalia" <michael.scalia [at] webmethods.com> To: <cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org> Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 3:44 PM Subject: [C-L]_ Rules & Regs > > We are a young EcoVillage; the ninth home is under construction. There has > been a bit of discussion here over the magnitude of the rules and > regulations and the level of control that is appropriate for the community > association to exert over the residents.... > > Architectural & Environmental Guideline document currently at 79 pages, and > our Bylaws weigh in at 37 pages.... > Any experience you would like to share would be most > appreciated. >
- rules & regs ilyse simon, March 13 2005
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