- The process is meant to be an enjoyable exploration of cohousing community living.
- The intention of the following requirements are to facilitate a process which helps prospective members make informed decisions about joining our cohousing community and to create opportunities for relationships and collaboration.
- We want to encourage prospective members to be involved with and contribute to our community in order to develop relationships before buying or renting a home in our community.
- We want to avoid situations where homes are sold or rented to people who do not fully understand or embrace the type of inter-connected and self-governed community we have created.
- We believe the best way for prospective members to be informed about our community is for them to be involved in the work and get to know us personally. Our intention is to continue the self-selecting membership process and preserve the experience of getting to know future homeowners and renters.
- We want future members to fully consider whether our values, policies and expectations resonate with their vision of community living.
- For potential new members buying through the normal real estate process, the following should be considered as requests not requirements.
If you are considering buying a home in our community, please use the Prospective Member Checklist to guide you through the process. There are things we would really appreciate you doing before making an offer.
However, if there is competition for the home, we understand that you may need to make an offer before doing some of these things. We hope that you will include some contingencies that allow time for you to fully consider the nature of our special community. Our members have agreed to cooperate with and support this process when selling their homes.
Some additional resources on line that we recommend are:
- Information on Cohousing
- What is Cohousing?
- Cohousing Video Collection
- Information on consensus
- Our Decision Making Process
- Wikipedia's consensus decision making entry
- Consensus Basics by Tree Bressen
- Information on consensus
Orientation Packet on Website.
Please read and carefully consider our policies and values. Please ask questions. All members are expected to consent to our existing policies and values and are encouraged to initiate a discussion on altering our policies when they conflict with our values. Some of these are on our website in the Membership section.
- What makes a good community member?
- Lifestyle Policies
- Pet Policy
- Rental Policy
- Decision-making Policy
Additional documents that will be provided as you get more involved include our Practical Things you should know about the Ashland Cohousing Community, Principles and Processes of Conflicts among Members, Seller-Community Agreements, HOA Budget, and our CC&Rs and Bylaws.
At the "tea" which we will schedule with you if you are serious about joining our community, in addition to socializing, there will be an opportunity to discuss and clarify any items on this list, as well as discuss our basic agreements around attendance at meetings, workdays, common meals, working on a team, or anything else you'd like to talk about.