Who we are
ACES is a BC Society that was officially incorporated in December 2017. ACES was created to explore the feasibility of creating communities of people with small homes, and shared amenities to connect with each other and our environment. We are exploring this project in the City of Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
The members of ACES currently meet to work on the next steps in the creation of our “Complete Community Project” unofficially called “The Shire”.
Where we are now
We are in the planning and investigation stages and have developed a strategic plan and a working concept of the future cohousing community we plan to form.
The current vision of the “The Shire” consists of small homes (on foundations) and tiny movable tiny homes, all on small individually owned lots. The community would include many shared amenities, with light industrial/commercial and agricultural components.
In February 2018, we joined the Canadian Cohousing Network. Now, we are searching for people that want to participate in the planning and feasibility stage of our project.
Participation in ACES at this stage is separated into 3 categories: Board, Member and Subscriber. We are actively looking for new Members and Subscribers.
If you would like to be a Member please contact us at BecomeAMember@AceSociety.org.
If you would to become a Subscriber, please contact us at BecomeASubscriber@AceSociety.org.
The Next Steps
If and when ACES decides that the project is feasible and that enough members are interested in continuing with our project, ACES will create a development corporation to purchase and develop land for “The Shire”.
At this next stage in the development, members from ACES will be asked to participate more significantly in the running of the development corporation. Different aspects of the development, including the purchase of land, promotion, finances, technical matters, zoning concerns, legal matters, as well as many other matters will need to be dealt with.
CURRENTLY, ACES IS ONLY IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE PROJECT AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THE PROJECT WILL EVEN GET TO THE NEXT STAGE IN DEVELOPMENT OR GO FORWARD IN ANY WAY BEYOND THE SOCIETY’S FEASIBILITY AND PLANNING STAGE.
ACE Society Values
Positive visioning – creation of tangible, clearly expressed and practical visions of the community beyond its present-day dependence on fossil fuels.
Being inclusive for all ages and economic status and include land ownership and rental capabilities.
Building community resilience – utilizing a wide range of amenities and complete community design principles.
Building financial resilience – less consumption, and smaller lifestyle footprints.
Fostering inner mindset transition – recognizing the challenges we face are not just caused by mistaken technology, but as direct results of our loss of connection to each other and our environment.
Applying subsidiarity – empowering the community at the lowest possible level so that change happens at the most appropriate, practical level.
We oppose all forms of discrimination, and support the UN Declaration of Human Rights (General Assembly resolution 217 A (III), 10 December 1948).