Re: Orientation/Owners manuals
From: Chris Hansen (
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 04:59:53 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Vicki
Two things:
1. Yes, you're right in your assumption- I'm looking for the 'handbook' or
'orientation' or 'resident's manual' document.
Ours also was a mish-mash of short paragraphs created lovingly and
collectively by a large number of residents over the years. It was sort of
a 'crazy-quilt' written in wildly diverse styles with a lot of information
that over the 13 years we've been open has been changed.
So we've been updating it, and were curious as to:
- Format (.pdf? paper? online and interactive?)
- Topics covered (death?! Now I'm dying to know what that entry
- Structure
- Level of detail
The couple I've been sent so far have given me some ideas for topics we
might add. If you're willing to send us yours, I will not distribute or
plagiarize, and will permanently delete after perusal!
And it's affirming to hear that others, also, have a sort 'we built this
manual while we were building and learning to fly the plane' feel.
2. I think you might put your second question as a separate thread. It's an
intriguing question, and I, for one, would not consider a, HOA where
residents have to do nothing to support the community a 'CoHousing'. But
I'm also wary of being the 'CoHousing mafia', and am interested in other's
takes on this

On Mon, 14 Sep 2020 at 21:15, Vicki Rittner <vickirittner [at]> wrote:

> Chris-
> For clarification, you're not asking for legal documents (i.e. Occupancy
> Agreement, By-Laws, Declaration, etc.) but the OTHER document, which my
> community refers to as the "Handbook". In reality, it's a mish-mash of
> sentences and paragraphs arranged in A-Z order by Topic including my
> favorites, Common Courtesy, Common Areas, Death, Deliveries, and Electric
> Car Charging Station (we don't have one).
> Our legal documents include several/many references to "rules and
> policies", but I would argue that there is nothing that identifies the
> Handbook as a Rule Book. It truly is one of the most poorly crafted yet
> important documents a resident in a cooperative/co-housing community might
> need, but ours seems to be carved in stone.
> Chris, am I correctly understanding your request?
> As I thought about whether to respond, a question came to mind.
> Are there other members of this group who own and live in a unit in a
> market-rate, age-restricted residential cooperative? I began to investigate
> co-housing in early 2016, and a few months later discovered a "just
> announced" project of 52 apartment-style homes, in a 3-story building with
> underground climate-controlled parking. I signed up and purchased my
> "share" a year before ground-breaking, and the building opened in March
> 2019. Owners are not required to do anything to support the community, and
> we have an elected board of directors and a professional management
> company.
> Does that meet your definition or understanding of co-housing?
> Vicki
> Village Cooperative of Fort Collins (Colorado)
> On Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 12:08 PM Chris Hansen <itschrishansen [at]>
> wrote:
> > Hi everyone!
> > After 12 years together, and a lot of learning and growing, we are
> updating
> > our orientation manual.
> > I'm wondering if you'd be willing to share yours with us- either
> > onlist (which I'm no doubt many would appreciate) or offlist if it
> contains
> > some rather sensitive info?
> > With thanks!
> >
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