An eco-village need maximum efficiency to prevent wasting of any of its resources. This actually implies that it should be run by a AI, who constantly monitors all of the systems. It may look a bit dystopian, but if this AI can’t switch off the life support or lock the doors (usual fiction pitfalls!), plus there is a back up manual way of running things smoothly, why not? Why not use the technology which would save energy and time? Good for people, good for the environment.
Culture of fear and mistrust in people’s ability to judge is a root of many evils. What if this tree, healthy and full of birds, falls on somebody’s head? There’s always a chance. Better chop it down. That’s how our local council thinks.
What if reaching a certain age, say 18 or 21, people just could sign a special paper saying I know the risks and take my chances. Breath deep, go and enjoy your life.
It seems that things more likely to happen in cities, but the countryside and nature heal and give inspiration. What if the future manage to merge both? What if we learn to live among proper woods, seas, meadows, streams and mountains yet be able to participate in interesting conversations, attend live concerts and generally be with like minded people with ease?
This could happen either through virtual reality, or through some new form of very fast and cheap travel. Individual flying machines?
The third option is to always settle near like minded people and move when you feel the need to join the new circle.