Do any of the people registered have experience in land sharing?
there are a few members who have co-owned property and many members that have lived in a communal situation
What would be the arrangement for people wanting to build their own houses, ie if there is no ownership, who pays for the buildings?
all land and dwellings and infrastructure (paid for by share capital) is cooperative owned however we envisage investment shares for situations where members want facilities over and above the norm
Is the investment commitment of $100,000 to purchase the land, only or to cover infrastructure development as well?
The $100,000 full membership share gives you voting rights, covers land purchase, communal infrastructure and basic accommodation -the level of accommodation to be determined subject to the amount of members, initial cost of land, investment share (non-voting) availability etc.
Who decides on sites/ design/rules etc, ?
What type of accommodation will be provided?
Full members will have basic but private accommodation but we envisage dormitory accommodation for WWOOFERS and visitors
What would be the decision making process?
consensus and if not 75% majority for most decisions and up to 90% majority for changes to constitution, rules, principles etc.., with each full member having one vote (no bribery, coercion or corruption)
How about in-kind assistance instead of cash?
It may be possible for you to arrange part or even majority payment for your share by working on Co-Op projects or providing other in-kind assistance. This will be decided by the Co-Op on a case by case basis.