Our Agreements, Guidelines, and Resources allow us to clearly communicate amongst ourselves how we intend to live together in community. We realize that other cohousing groups sometimes model their agreements on Heartwood's and we welcome that sharing. We have built our community with the support and wisdom of those who have gone before us and we strive to pay it forward.
Definition: Agreements are decided by the community. Members are required to follow Agreements. Agreements can only be created or revised by a community decision.
Process and Communication Agreements
Definition: Guidelines are decided by teams for their areas of responsibility. Members are strongly encouraged to follow Guidelines.
Common House Guidelines
Common Facilities Guidelines
Land Stewardship Guidelines
Process & Communication Guidelines
Steering Team Guidelines
Definition: Resources are contributed by any member or team. Members may choose to make use of Resources at their discretion.
New Members Orientation & Integration
(Click link above for full listing of resources for new members.)
Core Agreement PDF's
Land Stewardship Resources
Process & Communication Resources
Other Resources & Documents
Click here to go to our Decision Log.
As a legal subdivision, our Homeowners Association (HOA) has Covenants, Codes, and Restrictions (covenants), which are the legal document that governs our neighborhood. In practice, we rarely refer to our covenants. They serve as a legal backup if we need them, but for our everyday life, we rely on our community agreements, which we create through our community decision making process.