|Re: Associate Membership||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: drmaryanngroups (drmaryanngroupsmac.com)|
|Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 07:58:15 -0800 (PST)|
I live at Manzanita Village in Prescott Arizona. Our associate members are called Area Villagers. They are folk who live in the area but not on the property. Currently two households live adjacent to the Village and one lives a little over a mile away. They pay a membership fee to join the Village and monthly dues equal to one half of the dues for a homeowner. By law we are an HOA so each property pays a membership fee when the property is first sold. The fee slides depending on the number of adults living on the property. Once membership has been paid on a property it is not assessed to subsequent owners unless they need to add additional adults, up to a limit of three. Each property is assessed monthly dues that forms the basis of our annual budget. Dues on rental properties are paid by the owner. Everyone living on the property, all homeowners and all area villagers are members of the Village and can participate in the decision-making of the Village. We use a pretty strict version of consensus that allows everyone a voice in decisions. The only exceptions are certain decisions that according to state law must be made by the homeowners. These include changes in dues above a certain percentage, special assessments, election of the (titulary) HOA Board, revising the CC&R. These require a majority vote of the homeowners but happen rarely. We only have three Area Villages households (5 members) and currently have close that category to new members. Although we could agree to re-open it in the future. Mary Ann On Feb 22, 2011, at 9:17 AM, David Entin wrote: > > I am chair of the Membership Committee at Rocky Hill Cohousing. We would > like to know how other communities handle Associate Members. We are > particularly interested in individuals or families who live outside the > cohousing community but would like to participate in it's life, and possibly > decision making. Do you charge a fee, do they come to regular meetings, are > they voted in by the group, do you have an application process, or > recruitment strategy, benefits for both parties, etc. > > In addition to these questions, we would like to know how you deal with > resident Associate Members. We have several renters and also five households > who are Associate Members by the fact that they live on the road coming up to > our community. These five households do pay a monthly fee for the use of our > Common House, and most of them and the renters participate as much as our > regular members. However we have no clear-cut rule for their participation > in our voting process. > > Any information of the above subject would be greatly appreciated. > > Thanks so much, > > Dorothy Riehm, > Rocky Hill Cohousing > Northampton, MA > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > -- What sky! What light! Ah in spite of all it is a blessed thing to be alive in such weather. . . (Samuel Beckett) Mary Ann Clark drmaryann49 [at] mac.com http://homepage.mac.com/drmaryann/index.html Check out Mary Ann's Academy at: http://web.mac.com/drmaryann
Associate Membership David Entin, February 22 2011
- Re: Associate Membership drmaryanngroups, February 23 2011
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