|Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 170, Issue 29||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Chris Terbrueggen (christopher402gmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2018 05:51:22 -0700 (PDT)|
Sharon, thanks for your suggestions . I will pass them along to our policy team. Building maintenance is important . I am on a safety committee for a 200 room hotel at my work. I think how we work together to accomplish tasks and that every member has stepped up to take on a role is crucial to organizational development . Sent from my iPhone > On Mar 29, 2018, at 5:16 AM, cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org wrote: > > Send Cohousing-L mailing list submissions to > cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org > > To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit > https://lists.cohousing.org/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l > or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to > cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org > > You can reach the person managing the list at > cohousing-l-owner [at] cohousing.org > > When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific > than "Re: Contents of Cohousing-L digest..." > > > Today's Topics: > > 1. Cohousing policies (Chris Terbrueggen) > 2. Re: Cohousing policies (Sharon Villines) > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Message: 1 > Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:26:28 -0500 > From: Chris Terbrueggen <christopher402 [at] gmail.com> > To: cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org > Subject: [C-L]_ Cohousing policies > Message-ID: <42F200D5-1349-470E-B5D3-05E74D0D1719 [at] gmail.com> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii > > 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 ? Chris > > Sent from my iPhone > > ------------------------------ > > Message: 2 > Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2018 22:56:13 -0400 > From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> > To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org > Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Cohousing policies > Message-ID: <41E48EC4-2539-4E32-9B78-6B85977E5433 [at] sharonvillines.com> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 > >> 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 > > > > > > > ------------------------------ > > Subject: Digest Footer > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://l.cohousing.org/info > > > ------------------------------ > > End of Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 170, Issue 29 > ********************************************
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