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“As future neighbours, we will respect our needs for autonomy as well as our
desires for social interaction and interdependence.”

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Friendly Neighbours

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Intergenerational Communty

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Respect for Nature

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Working Together

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Playing Together

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Celebrating Together

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Having Fun Together

Belterra members July, 2012.

Cohousing communities are designed and developed by the people who will be living in them. They are by nature compact, energy efficient and socially cohesive. And the residents are cooperative, community oriented, respectful of nature and concerned with their own impact on the local and global communities. We manage ourselves and make decisions together for the good of the larger group. As future neighbours, we will respect our own and each other's needs for autonomy as well as our desires for social interaction and interdependence.

BELTERRA MISSION STATEMENT

To create and sustain an evolving community that embraces respect for a diverse group of ecologically accountable and socially responsible people.

Operating Principles that Guide Our Decision Making

RESPECT
To encourage, value and consider each member’s perspectives while honouring the group’s principles.

RESOLUTION
To work toward a solution in the spirit of unity and be willing to find consensus which considers the highest good for both individuals and the community.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
To consider the impact of our community’s decisions on the larger community.

ECOLOGICAL STEWARDSHIP
To consider the impact of our community’s decisions on the environment by actively reusing, recycling, reducing, resourcing and restoring.

PARTICIPATION
To actively include and encourage others to participate in the community’s activities and decision-making process.

CO-OPERATION
In the spirit of service, to offer our talents and resources in a collaborative effort for the betterment of the community.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
To make decisions that respect budgets and the values of the community while considering the short and long-term scenarios.
To support financial transparency by making available all financial information when requested by members.

CONCERN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
To make decisions that consider the impact on the future generations of our community.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION:
To support honest interchange by actively listening to one another and honouring our differences; to create a safe environment where the transparent, authentic and non-harmful expression of feelings, beliefs, and ideas are encouraged.