No matter what you do from a title-holding perspective, you will still be bound by local land-use code and 'restrictions.' The very best thing to do is to learn to work with local authority, rather than attempting to side-step them from the start. You will learn they can be very beneficial allies in what you want to do.
If you are looking to sever ties to "grid" or "mainstream" mentality, I think you might find the widest latitude you can create might be to incorporate as a Church entity, which can have a non-profit/not-for-profit foundation in which to hold title to the actual land.
No matter on what you do or do not want the Commmunity to "dictate," you will need some certain guidelines established into incorporation paperwork.
because I don't know the legalese of your area, I'd HIGHLY recommend you invest a couple hundred dollars and have a VERY open, frank consultation with very good Land Use Attorney. They can help guide you to your communities best avenue of holding title.
as to "who to call" ..... contact the Nature Conservancy thru their website www.Nature.org. Also, check over at www.OneCommunityRanch.org and see if they have anything online about legal structure. Jay Saboe is starting an intentional community in Utah, and I'm 110% sure the legalities he has researched would apply to most (if not all) similar Communities.
~ Neil ~
Mark Heffernan wrote:Thank You, Warrior Neil! for all the good thoughts and recommendations. A church, hmmm. I wonder if there is a way to get church status for the "Church of What if All They Have Told You Just Aint So?" just my doubting thomas aquarian alter ego self acting up there. Thanks again.
The Universal Life Church can walk any thomas through the process to get ordained, get registered and get legal.