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Last updated: May 11, 2014 (2 months ago)
Listing created on: September 29, 2012
(Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada)
- Status: Forming
- Formed: 2009 Established: 2015
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://belterracohousing.ca
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belterra-Cohousing/144711765601307?ref=hl
- Contact Name: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 604-240-1036
726 Belterra Road
Bowen Island, British Columbia, V0N 1G2
Visitors accepted: Yes
Please call to arrange for a site tour, which are only held on Sundays due to construction. At least once per month, we combine a site tour with an information meeting. At this time we have only three (possibly two) units remaining for sale. You can see the floor plans and locations of these units on the website.
Open to new Members: Yes
Attend an information meeting and become an Associate Member by paying a small fee which entitles the prospective member to participate fully in community meetings and gives access to the private members pages of the website where all minutes of meetings, policies and financial information can be accessed. If still interested, the prospective member would have a confidential meeting with Belterra’s project manager to discuss finances and determine eligibility for a mortgage. If the individual or family decides to proceed, they would make a loan to the corporation based on 10% of the value of the home that they select. This loan is applied to the mortgage (as a downpayment) when the construction is completed and the mortgage issued.
The Belterra Mission Statement: To create and sustain an evolving community that embraces respect for a diverse group of ecologically accountable and socially responsible people.
We are drawn to the outdoor splendor of Bowen Island, as well as our commitment to environmental stewardship, community involvement, and cooperative decision-making.
If you visit the Belterra Cohousing Website, you can learn more about the talents and interests of our members (“Who We Are”), and find out about the next Belterra site walk and which homes remain for sale. The website includes renderings of the five buildings that will grace our 10 acres with 30 energy-efficient homes overlooking Howe Sound and the Canadian Coast Range. http://www.belterracohousing.ca
Or, find us on Facebook and sign up for our monthly eNewsletter, The Belterra Buzz.
The bare slope began to sprout with the first signs of construction in November 2014 and now the utilities are underground and several buildings have been framed up. Completion of the first of our five residential buildings is expected by October 2014.
At meetings, we find ourselves laughing a lot and enjoying the process of designing a community that includes community gardens, a 3,300 sf common house, greenhouse, workshop and children’s play areas. The homes and other facilities are BuiltGreen to Gold standard and have in-floor radiant heat. Each household may have up to “eight legs” for pets – that is two dogs, two cats, or one of each. There is a non-smoking policy and other ‘living in community’ agreements. We can rent our units, but aim to create a stable, imaginative and interesting community of families (and individuals) who will be partners in creating a culture of community on the island.
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