our urban village cohousing 

a home of your own, neighbours you know

why we chose our decision making model


We get asked all the time, "How do people make decisions with their neighbours? How do I know my opinions will be heard?"


Community living requires a decision making model that is fair and transparent to everyone.  We chose the Consensus Decision Making model to help us develop a strong, well-functioning community. 


We opted for this model because it is:


  • Agreement seeking:  Tries to generate as much agreement as possible for the entire  group.

  • Collaborative:  Participants create a proposal that considers the concerns of all members

  • Cooperative:  Participants often set aside personal preferences in deciding what's best for the community

  • Egalitarian:  Members have equal input into the process and to present and amend proposals

  • Inclusive:  Members consider as many stakeholders as possible to reach a decision