We base fees on a population density target of 10 people per hectare (about 2 people per acre), or 2000 m² (roughly 1/2 acre) per person. The Joining Fee is calculated with the estimated cost to liberate more land in order to increase our population and maintain a minimum population density of 10/ha and maximum of 20/ha. Our current estimate is:
$1 per square meter X 2,000 m² = $2,000 for Full Membership
As new members join, Joining Fees are used to liberate more land.
Example*: Consider a 1.4 ha (14,000 m² or 3.5 acres) property for $14,000. Our target population for land of this size would be a minimum of 7 (rounded off from 7.5) and a maximum of 14. The Joining Fee for members 1-7 calculates to $2,000 each (7 X $2,000 = $14,000), and is applied directly to the purchase of the initial property. Once the minimum population density is reached, the search for additional land begins. The Joining Fee for members 8+ would cover the purchase of the next piece of land. *This example is a bit of an oversimplification. Expenses such as projected closing costs are built into the calculations.