|Re: Consensus and voting bylaws (Willow Murphy)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: drmaryanngroups (drmaryanngroupsmac.com)|
|Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 07:04:05 -0800 (PST)|
Several years ago (5+?) because of changes in state law we needed to re-write our CC&Rs and By-Laws at that time we re-defined our governing documents as a three-legged stool of those two documents plus our Policies and Procedures manual. The P&P is in non-legalese and can easily changed as our needs change. In it we have detailed procedures for gaining consensus, what to do in the case of unresolved blocks and when a decision is taken to a vote. (Copies available for purchase from our website http://www.manzanitavillage.com.) We also define three types of members: homeowners, renters, and affiliated members (who don't live on the property). In general, all three types of members have full rights and responsibilities including participating in the consensus process with four exceptions. Only homeowners (members of the official HOA) can vote on: 1) Revising the CC&Rs and By-Laws 2) Electing the HOA board of directors (required by state law but being "titular" in practice since except in very unusual cases they merely ratify decisions made by the community as a whole) 3) Levy special assessments 4) Raise the monthly dues In general, even in these cases, the decision is hashed out in a plenary session before being brought to vote of the home owners. Mary Ann Manazanita Village, where we're having a beautiful but cold Arizona morning On Jan 11, 2013, at 11:36 AM, Willow Murphy <willowm7 [at] gmail.com> wrote: > > I like the simplicity and trust suggested by your bylaws structure. I have > a concern related to the primacy given or not given to consensus in our > community: Our proposed bylaws amendment defines which final decisions > are made by voting: ie organizational or administrative structure, > finances, choosing board of directors, property interests, legal concerns, > etc. Have any other communities defined "voting rights" in this way in > their bylaws? Comments? > > On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM, R.N. Johnson <cohoranda [at] yahoo.com> > wrote: > >> >> Our bylaws are structured such that our consensus process supersedes the >> legally required majority voting process unless there is an urgent reason >> to do so and we are unable to make a decision by consensus. >> Randa Johnson >> New Brighton Cohousing >> Aptos, CA >> _________________________________________________________________ >> Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: >> http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ >> >> >> > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > -- Inspiration is for amateurs - the rest of us just show up and get to work. Mary Ann Clark drmaryann49 [at] mac.com Check out DrMaryAnn's Academy at http://drmaryann.wordpress.com/
Re: Consensus and voting bylaws (Willow Murphy) R.N. Johnson, January 11 2013
- Re: Consensus and voting bylaws (Willow Murphy) Willow Murphy, January 11 2013
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