|seeking input on membership structure||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jonnie Pekelny (jonniepsbcglobal.net)|
|Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 01:50:40 -0700 (PDT)|
Hello, everyone. I am on the membership committee of North Oakland Cohousing. Our group is still quite new, and on a fast track to build urban high-density cohousing in Oakland. We are currently working with a developer, have a parcel of land designated, and are working out the many and complex fine print on who will develop it and on whose penny. At the same time we are trying to establish the membership structure and guidelines. Some weeks ago, another member of our group asked for tips on membership structure, but now, as time has passed and we've coalesced a bit, our questions are a bit more clear and specific, so I will ask again on our group's behalf. I would very much like to hear feedback from communities in stages BEFORE move-in (and the formation of the HOA) about your membership structure. Especially the following information: 1) Do you have different levels of membership (e.g. full member and associate member)? If so, what are the different tiers and what privileges/limitations/implications do they involve? 2) Is membership, or the different levels of membership, linked to equity investment in the project? Or to the level at which people have committed themselves to the group? Or both? If both, how does that work? In our case, we are just forming our LLC, so most of the participants, even the most solid, are NOT equity members yet. Yet they pay dues... It's a bit confusing. 3) How is your dues / entry fee structure organized? In our group we ran into an issue with wanting to be as fair as possible to various family configurations and income levels, without bogging ourselves down in overly complex plutocracy. The main ideas seem to be to pay by household, or pay by adult member, or have some kind of sliding or varied scale, but a relatively simple one. How does your community do it? Thank you very much for all responses. It would also help me to contextualize the answers if you tell me roughly what stage of formation/development your group is at. Jonnie Pekelny North Oakland Cohousing
- seeking input on membership structure Jonnie Pekelny, October 26 2006
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