~ Creating an old-fashioned neighborhood in a new way ~
Process & Decision Making
Unlike a typical condominium homeowner's association, residents in Oak Creek Commons cohousing manage their own community, making decisions of common concern at regular community meetings. Decisions are made together as a community, usually using a consensus model. Consensus is a process in which decisions are made by the collaboration and consent of every member of the group. This does not necessarily mean unanimity, and in fact, total agreement is rare. The decision must be acceptable enough, however, that everyone can live with it.
Consensus empowers all members of the group and requires them to be active participants in the decision-making process. Participation is a foundation of community governance. Participation in the maintenance, decisions, and social life cannot be enforced but is an expected part of the community experience at Oak Creek Commons Cohousing.