|Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 121, Issue 30||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Douglas G. Larson (ddhleearthlink.net)|
|Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:09:15 -0800 (PST)|
<Does your community have an associate membership policy that?s been in effect for at least two or three years? In my community, we don't have such a policy yet, but would like to know what other <communities have done to formalize welcoming relationships with neighbors as well as former owners and renters. Here are some questions we have: <Do your associate members pay a one-time or annual fee per individual or family? <If there is a fee, what does the fee entitle them to? <Is there a screening process used for people wanting to become associate members? <Can associate members participate in work parties, cooking, etc., and if so, do you have them sign a liability waiver? <Are they welcome to attend your meetings, and if so, do they participate in discussion and decision-making? <Have problems arisen with your policy or is it working well? Here at Songaia we have had an associate member policy for several years. I don't recall exactly when we adopted it but it was at least 4 years ago. It may have been 5 or 6 years ago. We spent many, many hours drafting and discussing our policy taking about a year to do so. We have 3 levels of associates with renters being a 4th level. Each level carries a fee with it though for level 1, the lowest and most restrictive level (with the fewest privleges), we ask for a donation. Each higher level carries higher fees and more rights, privileges and responsibilities that go with it. The full details of our policy are too complex to type here. I can send you a copy if you are interested. As for problems, we have had a few, though I don't recall the nature of them just now. They were small problems as I recall. We revising the policy now, though that is because we are adopting a larger structure to encompass not only Songaia but out two neighboring communities. The most significant parts of the revision have to do with renters. I don't recall all of the proposed revisions just now. We have quite a few associate members. I don't know the exact number but its over 20. Of that number only about 7 or 8 come around on a regular basis. The rest come occasionally. Douglas Larson Songaia Cohousing, Bothell, Washington
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