becoming a member
1. Take a look at us
2. Become an Associate Member
Get to know us and give us the chance to know you. Come to an info session (or set up a private coffee chat). Come to one of our social events.
If you're still interested, you can become an Associate Member for 3 months for $100. You'll have a chance to attend more socials as well as our business meetings to see how we make decisions in our community.
Our fees cover stall fees at farmer's markets or room rentals for info sessions or workshops the group might want (like how we reach consensus for community decisions). It also includes our quarterly donations to Kiva. Because we draw on many resources and talents amongst our villagers, we are able to keep these costs as low as possible.
3. Become an Equity Member
Try to attend as many social functions as you can during your time as an Associate Member to get to know your potential neighbours.
Once you attend 2 business meetings, and are ready to commit to living in OUV, we'll schedule a meeting to answer any remaining questions you have and check to see if OUV will work for you financially.
When you become an Equity Member, we will ask you to pay a membership fee of $500. Equity membership allows you to vote and make key decisions within the community (i.e. developer, site, common space design, unit floor plans, etc.) It also allows you priority placement in a queue to purchase your condo in our urban village.
We use this money to pay for management, marketing, legal and incorporation costs. If we are not successful in finding a site, we will refund your share of any money that we didn't use. You will get an accounting every three months of what was spent.