Membership

White Hawk membership allows one to associate oneself with Seven Circles LLC and White Hawk Corp. in such a way as to build a home at White Hawk. Becoming a member allows one to then take out a 99-year lease on a lot and build a privately owned unit.

You may download our Information Packet or our Entrance Form for more information.


WHITE HAWK MEMBERSHIP PROCESS SUMMARY

STEP 1: PROSPECTIVE MEMBERSHIP: If you think White Hawk is right for you, become a Prospective Member by filling out an Entrance Form and submitting your $250 (non-refundable) entrance fee.

As an official Prospective Member, you will be added to the members e-mail group, thus gaining access to certain documents, communications, and meeting minutes. During this time, you will also be establishing a closer relationship with current White Hawk residents. You are encouraged to visit, attend and contribute to monthly meetings, and participate in discussions as well as continue to explore if this community is right for you.

STEP 2: ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: When you know White Hawk is right for you, complete your membership process and become a part of our community by paying a $750 (non-refundable) membership fee.

As an Associate Member, you are considered an official member of the community. You can make proposals and participate in committees and other White Hawk projects. During this period, you can reserve a lot for one year by paying a 10 percent lot deposit and showing a mortgage pre-approval letter. You can submit building plans to the ARK committee, and look forward to construction!

STEP 3: FULL MEMBERSHIP: When ready to build, become an official co-owner of White Hawk by paying the full lot fee (or complete purchase of home) and signing a lease.

As a Full Member, you will co-own White Hawk Ecovillage and have the same voting rights as every other full member. You can begin construction of your home!


MEMBERSHIP RIGHTS

Living at White Hawk offers tangible and intangible perks.

    • You have a say. As a full member of White Hawk you are part-owner of the whole community. Each household at White Hawk has the right to participate in our consensus-based decision-making process. When prolonged decisions necessitate a reversion to voting, member households have one vote each.
    • You own your home. In exchange for paying the lot lease fee (between $45k and $50k), the price of building your house, and monthly fees (around $300-$400, including property taxes for the individual household), you have the right to build a dwelling of your choosing and design (as long as it conforms to the community’s green standards and government building codes). Your household has private use and rights to the lot surrounding your house while abiding by White Hawk Policy and vision.  Currently, members are leasing their shares of the White Hawk land from Seven Circles, LLC, but when our initial construction loan is repaid, the land will be transferred to the collective, White Hawk Corporation.
    • You are part-owner of our common property. As a member family or household, you will own (once land ownership transfers to White Hawk Corp.) one of the 30 shares in White Hawk.
    • Living here is like living in a park with acres of land for projects. Want to start a market garden? Blaze some trails? Plant a berry patch? Set up an archery range? We’re land-rich, and we love to see and feel the energy of new projects.
    • You can bring your pets to White Hawk. We welcome pets and understand that they are part of your family!  Contact us about our pet policy.
    • You can will your home to your descendants or sell it. White Hawk’s 99-year lease policy is much like owning your lot. You can will your home to your descendants, sell it, or rent it–provided that your descendants or the new buyers of your home meet membership requirements, including approval by the community.

MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

White Hawk members share land and live close to one another, so interaction and cooperation is as natural as breathing. Here is an overview of what members do and how they live at White Hawk.

    • Complete a membership process. To join White Hawk, each member household goes through an application process that allows applicants to get to know existing members and vice-versa.
    • Finances: Individuals pay for their own home and its associated fees (the lot upon which it is built is leased). See Membership Rights for more information.
    • Finding a niche. Everyone participates in the way best suited to each individual. When we agree that a group task needs to be done, like clearing the check dams along our road, we hold a work party, and those who want to participate complete the task. Those not interested in or available for physical labor inevitably contribute in some other way, like updating the website or leading a tour. We recognize that people go through phases of contributing more or less apparent effort, and we work well as a group to flow with these patterns. We don’t keep track of participation nor do we mandate particular tasks or numbers of hours. It’s possible that when we are a larger community our patterns of cooperation will evolve, but for now, it’s nice to observe how we work together willingly and because we enjoy it, not because we have to.
    • Members can attend meetings. We meet monthly to discuss current issues and make decisions about what is happening in the community. Attendance is optional, though strongly encouraged. Any member can suggest agenda topics and make proposals. Applicants or visitors are encouraged to attend meetings to get a feel for the community.
    • Members agree to abide by White Hawk’s policies and decisions, as defined in our meeting minutes, decision log and other official documents. The policies that govern daily life at White Hawk were written by consensus, and are designed to encourage maximum comfort, consideration, respect and responsibility by all members, for all members. We ask that applicants read all decisions, provisions and policies that have been made previously and either agree to them or raise any concerns.

Finally, this diagram might be helpful for those considering lot options as they explore building a new home at White Hawk. (Updated 2/27/16)