The Community Land Trust Legal Manual contains model organizational bylaws which many CLTs in the United States have used as the basis for their organizational governance structure. The model bylaws describe an organization with an innovative structure which balances three distinct interest groups on the board of directors. Homeowners leasing and living on the CLT’s land (leaseholder representatives), residents of the CLT’s service area (general representatives), and individuals representing the public interest (which may include municipal officials) each make up a third of a typical board of directors. This tripartite structure ensures that
different land-based interests will be heard, with no single set of interests allowed to dominate.
Not every Communtiy Land Trust follows exactly this structure.