Viva presentation: Setting up structures and governance in a co-housing community

We were very fortunate at last Monday’s Viva networking meeting to have Robin Allison from Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood in Auckland share their extensive experience in establishing their co-housing community.  It creating co-housing communities, much focus is placed on the the physical structures – the buildings, the land, the gardens, etc. – but Robin emphasised that it is also critical to have a strong foundation to the community driving the development.

Robin covered the following areas in her presentation:

  • An introduction to Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood (which is a 32 home cohousing neighbourhood set on 1.29 hectares in the suburb of Ranui in Waitakere City, Auckland)
  • The phases of community creation
  • Membership agreements
  • Ownership structure (unit titles)
  • Consensus based decision making
  • Group structure during development
  • Development options
  • Resources

The Earthsong website outlines more of the story and contains a wealth of further resources:  earthsong.org.nz

Jürg and Jane then went on to frame many of these issues in the Viva context.  A post on that will follow soon.

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