Vision and Values

Peninsula Park Commons

Vision and Values (adopted 2003, Revised 2012)
Peninsula Park Commons is founded in the belief that the health and enrichment of individuals, communities, and the places in which they exist are inextricably linked. At ‘the Commons’ we have established a co-operatively governed community where a fun and energetic group of people share physical and social space, and where the development, decision-making and day-to-day operations of the community reflect our core shared values. We commonly understand these values to include:

  • Care and respect for other people
  • Care and respect for the earth and its natural systems
  • A commitment to cooperative decision-making
  • Valuing diversity: diverse opinions, backgrounds and styles
  • Respect for the balance between personal freedom, privacy and the other needs of individuals, and the needs of the community as a whole
  • Commitment to ongoing personal and community growth
  • A desire for connection to the larger community of the neighborhood, city and region

What does this mean for members of the community?

  • Conventional ownership of individual condominium units
  • Cooperative governance through a condominium homeowner’s association
  • Sharing in the maintenance and management of buildings and grounds as equitably as possible
  • Creating an environment in which it is convenient to share such items as motor vehicles, home appliances, books, garden equipment, costumes, games, outdoor gear, construction tools, entertainment systems and other things suitable for community ownership
  • Creating and participating in opportunities for sharing, trust, and spontaneous fun necessary to build a sense of place and community
  • Following the Norms of Communication adopted by the PPC HOA
  • Enhancing, stewarding, and enjoying Peninsula Park
  • Participating in neighborhood and/or civic affairs

 Norms of Communication (adopted by PPC HOA January 1, 2009)

  1. Meeting will have a facilitator whose job it is to keep us on time and on agenda while ensuring everyone gets a chance to speak.
  2. Chair will call for agenda items at least one week ahead of the meeting and ensure the agenda is posted one week prior to meeting.
  3. Use conversational tones and volume.
  4. When a discussion starts to get heated, anyone can pose a time-out request to the facilitator.  Purpose of time out is to reflect back and forth what each is hearing.  If going in circles on a discussion, time out to look at process.
  5. Everyone gets a chance to speak. Watch your air-time: how long and often you speak.  Actively listen to people when they speak.
  6. Focus on ideas, not on people, and on solving problems, not assigning blame.
  7. Assume good intentions. See the best in people. Speak for one’s self not for others.
  8. Strive for consensus and seek commonalities first.
  9. Respect people’s time and honor meeting agendas. Stay on topic. Pursue new agenda items or off-topic issues at future meetings or subcommittees.