|Re: Cohousing policies||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Chris Hansen (itschrishansengmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2018 04:34:59 -0700 (PDT)|
I am a member of a CoHousing community which has been running for ten years. We have been experiencing what could be described as a 'ten-year itch', and are just in the process of revisiting policies, guidelines, governance structure, values, conflict-resolution etc. What I can say is that you will find out what you need as you go, and so if nothing else, it's useful to have an agreed-upon process for making and reviewing policies, agreements and guidelines. Perhaps even a regular review period so that you're proactive rather than reactive... Cheers Chris On Wed, 28 Mar 2018 at 22:56 Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> wrote: > On Mar 28, 2018, at 10:26 PM, Chris Terbrueggen <christopher402 [at] > gmail.com> > wrote: > > > > Greetings, I reviewed the list serve history to see what has been > discussed about Cohousing policies . I noticed the focus on pets, smoking , > guns, participation and rental policies . I understand that it is very > important to have clear understandings on these issues before move in. > However, I feel that these policies alone do not lay the foundation for a > strong Cohousing operations . What specific policies does a urban cohousing > community need when starting a community of 45 households ? > > My personal advice is to not go crazy making policies before you move in. > You need bylaws in order to legally establish the community. Those are > standard topics that are available in any bylaws for a condominium. How do > you make decisions? Who is eligible to vote/consent on issues? Quorum. > Governance methods. > > Otherwise, the most important issues are those that determine whether a > household can make a commitment or not. > > Pets can be serious — people won’t come without their pets. Others are > allergic or afraid. How do you resolve that? Which direction does the group > want to go. Remember grandfathering in — initial outdoor cats may be > accepted as they are, but no new outdoor cats. Check city regs. Don’t fence > yourself in. > > A lot of things just have to work themselves out. Things you think will be > major won’t be (except for pets) and others will be (like pets). > > I think the most important concern when we moved in was that we didn’t > know how to manage a $7.5 million multi-family housing development. > > We didn’t know what had to be inspected when or we would be shut down. How > floors should be cleaned in a commercial situation. Who was responsible for > checking the sump pumps? Who knows how to cancel an alarm that goes off > accidentally? Who notifies the fire department? How and where do you post > emergency messages — the CH is inaccessible because the security system has > frozen. Expecting 18 inches of snow and the plowing company didn’t sign the > contract and says they never heard of us. Who deals with that? > > What has to be done when someone hits a sprinkler head and floods their > unit, or the kitchen? When the elevator gets stuck? Trash and recycling? > How? Who? And how much? It’s a huge learning curve. > > Stuff like that can be overwhelming—and also great community builders. I > often wish with our new residents we could go through something like that > again. > > Even if you have a management company, they won’t be onsite. And like our > first management company, they might be totally incompetent anyway. A > company is only as good as the person they assign to you. One suggestion is > to interview a local building manager—take them to lunch or invite them to > a meeting. Start attending local meetings of the Community Associations > Institute. > > Not trying to scare you, just pointing you in another direction. We were > quite fortunate to have members who stepped up and became experts on things > when they went wrong. And resident electrical engineer and several DIY > people. > > Sharon > ---- > Sharon Villines > Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC > http://www.takomavillage.org > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://l.cohousing.org/info > > > > -- Chris Hansen 32 East Village Drive Burlington Vermont 05401 USA +1 802 5408153
- Cohousing policies Chris Terbrueggen, March 28 2018
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