York County already provided an excellent definition in their 1991 Comprehensive Plan:
So what’s changed? This definition has held true for 30+ years. Seems ok to me.
[Rural] means country back roads with NO PAINTED LINES. Sitting on the back deck at night seeing stars, listening to mother nature at its best. Watching horses run through the pastures. Cows grazing! Chickens having a conversation with each other whilst picking the earth of insects and dry corn feed. Fresh smell of cut hay and grass filling our nostrils. THE GOOD LIFE! That’s the point of living and enjoying a rural area. Don’t destroy our quiet green space! It’s what we love. Don’t push out what’s left of our beautiful wildlife.
[High density development] has be completely rethought in a post-COVID-19 world, where hospital bed-loading metrics take on more importance than water and sewage loading building codes. If we let developers define codes with their 20th Century thinking, we’ll get century-old medical security.
Leave us some open spaces to enjoy. I hardly recognize the area anymore.
Rural is where I live now. Rural is the reason I live where I live now. Rural is what those of us who chose to live here were looking for. Rural is where we can share a space with wildlife and maybe wild people! But there’s room for everyone.
Rural is having chickens if you want them. Rural is quiet hours between 5pm and 9am. Rural means I do not have to wait 5 minutes for the traffic to clear before I can get out of my driveway or road.
[Rural is] why we moved here – not wanting house on top of house, seeing your neighbors in their bathroom, or noise levels to the extent you can’t hear yourselves think. We moved here for the solitude of rural life. The comprehensive plan needs to stay as it is… This part of the County really doesn’t receive all the services like the lower county does – all we really receive is trash pick up, Police coverage and fire coverage, which are all necessary services. We have basically been on the low end for many years. Rural is part of that, and that’s the way we like it.
Rural is not living on top of your neighbors, but knowing who they are. Having lots of green grass, no sidewalks. Horses and cows down the road. Seeing farm trucks and farm machinery going up and down the road.