So, there's a group of us here in utah county looking into creating a co housing community. The best way to describe it (no, it's not a commune) is it's like a town home community with similar values, a community garden, and community activities (dances, meals, etc.). It's basically a way to get back to knowing your neighbors and interacting with them.
We're still not sure if we'll join, so far we've just gone to one meeting and joined internet discussions. Most of the people involved share a lot of out values as far as eco building, small space living, and community. Most the homes will be town home style and since we're involved early, we have more of a say in how they're built. We all want solar panels and other energy saving options. But if they end up building in Payson, we may forgo this option. Part of me really likes the idea of rural living, but we've gotten really used to a 5 minute commute. That's hard to give up.
Anyway, in case anyone else is interested in it, the group is called Utah Valley Commons and here's the website and yahoo group site. Check it out if this sounds like your thing.