Re: Outside Activities List
From: Richart Keller (
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:18:43 -0800 (PST)
Unless the Cohousing community is legally the condominium corporation (for
many the Cohousing community is a separate organization) it seems to me
that associate non-resident members would not compromise the condominium


Rick Keller
Pioneer Valley Cohousing
Amherst, MA
 On Jan 24, 2014 3:48 PM, "Sharon Villines" <sharon [at]>

> On Jan 21, 2014, at 10:17 AM, Richart Keller <richart.keller [at]>
> wrote:
> > Is there any charge for such memberships?
> >
> >> We have a type of membership (Area Villagers) for people not living in
> the
> >> community. Several of those members are also immediate neighbors. In
> >> addition, some of our immediate neighbors are also friends of our
> members
> >> and so often come to events like weekly dinners, talent shows, annual
> >> FireWise Day. There’s nothing more formal at this time,
> We only have memberships fo people who live here -- full members for
> owners and associate memberships for those who live here but are not
> owners. That membership allows them use of the commonhouse and commits them
> to workshare thought isn't monitored.
> When we moved in we met with our lawyer in a group session to ask a lot of
> questions. We asked about associate memberships for people living in the
> neighborhood. Some were specifically interested in people who had wanted to
> move in but weren't able to for one reason or another. Plus there was a
> strong feeling of not wanting to be insular or to deprive others of our
> wonderful commonhouse. (Privilege guilt.) They would pay a small fee,"
> Our lawyer said, "Then what kind of organization would you be legally? You
> would be a club, not a condominium. It would change your insurance status.
> Let me think about it. You have a lot to think about before we do that."
> And we did have a lot to think about -- like running a $7.5M residential
> facility with a sprinkler system, elevator, sump pumps, etc.The whole
> community was so much to mange that the subject of non-resident members
> hasn't surfaced again. People bring guests and family members visit often
> so we get to know them as members of the community. With 89 residents and
> family and friends, we have a crowd just by ourselves.
> The CH is used by community groups for meetings, by association in which
> our members are members, for member;s office retreats, etc. But we have a
> lot of things going on with community activities.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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