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
To encourage, value and consider each member’s perspectives while honouring the group’s principles.
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.
To consider the impact of our community’s decisions on the larger community.
To consider the impact of our community’s decisions on the environment by actively reusing, recycling,
reducing, resourcing and restoring.
To actively include and encourage others to participate in the community’s activities and decision-making
In the spirit of service, to offer our talents and resources in a collaborative effort for the betterment of the community.
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.
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.