Re: Question about Household Decision
From: Alicia Nowicki (
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 05:07:16 -0700 (PDT)
It is my understanding that in Cohousing decisions are made by consensus, so I 
am surprised when I hear you speak of voting.  When we notice someone has a 
thumb down, then we endeavor to determine the reason.  We also have a series of 
questions that we ask them to help us determine if their downward thumb is only 
for personal reasons and does their objection consider the good of the 
community.  The only reason we count the number of households present is to 
determine if we have a sufficient number of folks present to actually make a 

Are the other communities participating in this discussion voting to make 

Alicia Nowicki
Tierra Nueva Co-Housing
Oceano, CA

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> On Apr 4, 2018, at 7:09 PM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:
> In my community, regular consensus decisions are made by us as individual
> HOA members - my spouse and I don't have to agree. The only case in which
> we vote by household is to override a block, and in that situation we
> permit fractional voting by the number of persons in that household whose
> names are on the deed. These votes have occurred so infrequently that I
> can't identify any skewing one way or the other.
>  Muriel at Shadowlake Village
> On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 9:57 PM, Chris Terbrueggen <christopher402 [at] 
> wrote:
>> Greetings, I am trying to gather some background info on household
>> decisions. When cohousing organizations base decisions on one per
>> household, does the practice skew decisions toward a single person
>> household?
>> Are there many cohousing organizations that base decisions on each
>> individual member instead of a household?
>> I am under the impression that the household decision is based on the
>> practice that household members will discuss their options before making a
>> choice. It requires each household to work out their differences and make a
>> decision that represents the collective opinion of the household.
>> Thanks
>> Chris Terbrueggen
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