Policies as filters
From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 16:01:49 -0700 (PDT)
Things like policies about pets, kids, guns, etc become filters for who
moves there. This can be a good thing, or a bad thing depending on
circumstances. I recall a community who could not sell some property because
their policies and agreements were very specific about a number of lifestyle
things and in order to live there you had to sign an agreement that you
would abide by the agreements. This was a big selection factor which
filtered out  too many people I guess.  In other places such things have
been great because they filtered in the right people with sympathetic
values.  Our pet policy, which is kind of restrictive, has filtered out some
people and I think in the final analysis, this is a good thing for us. 

Some groups allow people to move in without their knowing the agreements the
community has made. This, in my opininon, is a huge mistake and often leads
to discontent later.  

Rob Sandelin
Sharingwood Cohousing, Snohomish County, WA
Naturalist, Writer
The Environmental Science School
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