Re: seeking input on membership structure
From: Grace Goldberg (
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:24:56 -0700 (PDT)
Hi you can check out our membership information @ We are in Edgecomb, Maine. We formed two LLCs, one to purchase our property (36 acres on a tidal cove with two existing dwellings, one of which will become our common house and also include 5-6 small dwelling units- the house is quite large.) The other LLC is doing the development and has a option to purchase from the other LLC. Menbership is for the developing LLC. We have 3 levels of membership and a dues requirement. This LLC will evolve into an HOA. We hope to break ground in the spring. Grace

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From: "Jonnie Pekelny" <jonniep [at]>
Reply-To: jonniep [at],Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
To: "Cohousing-L@Cohousing. Org" <cohousing-l [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ seeking input on membership structure
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 01:50:38 -0700

Hello, everyone. I am on the membership committee of North Oakland Cohousing.

At the same time we are trying to establish the membership structure and guidelines. 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

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