Name: Smoking Policy
Proposal Number: 02
Revision Number: 3
Committee: Community Building
Contact Name: Member

Background:
At the Community Building Committee meeting March 6, 2010, the members in attendance reviewed the smoking policies of two completed cohousing projects and identified the following issues:

  • Smoking creates mess, smell and fumes (second hand smoke). It is difficult to avoid the smell of smoke if smoking is allowed in the units or anywhere on the property.
  • Some friends and family members are smokers, and we want to make it possible for them to visit or stay in the community.
  • For some people it would be a hardship to have to leave the premises to smoke and weather is also an issue.
  • We have empathy for the people who have tried but are unable to quit smoking.

The following ideas were suggested to address these issues:

  • Have a designated outdoor area with a bench and ashtray somewhere on the common property where it is unlikely to bother anyone.
  • Set up a bench and ashtray on the bicycle path across the street. After much discussion, the members in attendance thought the Cranberry Commons policy best addressed the issues and recommended using the same wording for the time being:

“Smoking is not permitted within indoor common property. Smoking is not permitted on limited common property (unit balconies, decks, or yards) or within outdoor common property unless it is clear that requiring the smoker to smoke elsewhere would impose undue hardship and the smoker can ensure that others are not exposed to the smoke.”

At the Community Building Committee meeting in September, we had another discussion of the Cranberry Commons smoking policy during which it became clear that our thinking had shifted and we now want a policy that is somewhat more accommodating of smokers. Here is a proposed re-write of the Cranberry Commons policy:

“Smoking is not permitted within indoor common property. Smoking will only be permitted within outdoor common property in a designated smoking area. Smoking on limited common property (unit balconies or decks) will only be allowed if requiring the smoker to smoke elsewhere would impose undue hardship and the smoker takes steps to ensure that others are not exposed to the smoke.”

We discovered that our fresh air intake system would be located near our private balconies so the above position would not work. We are therefore left with only two options for smoking: smoking in a designated smoking area as yet to be determined on Wolf Willow property or smoking on the street.

Proposal:
“Smoking is not permitted within indoor common property. Smoking will only be permitted within outdoor common property in a designated smoking area. Smoking is not permitted on limited [exclusive use] common property (private decks, gardens, or balconies). Smokers are expected to ensure that their smoking is not bothering their neighbors.”

Decision date: December 12, 2010
Outcome: Approved