Last Tuesday, the Lake Avalon Rural Settlement was protected from a detrimental intrusion. Orange County has 21 rural settlements, and all of them serve essential functions including preserving rurality in the ever-developing corners of Orange County, maintaining green spaces, and facilitating aquifer recharge. These communities are constantly threatened by encroaching development. Large scale projects threaten the viability of rural settlements by rezoning land, increasing traffic, and provoking environmental issues such as flooding. Rural settlement property owners simply wish to preserve their rural and grazing lands. Protecting their communities shouldn’t be a daily struggle.