Agricultural Reserve

The Agricultural Reserve is established in the Future Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan, under Objective 1.5. The purpose of the Agricultural Reserve is to preserve unique farmland and wetlands in order to enhance agricultural activity, environmental and water resources, and open space, by limiting uses to agriculture, conservation, low density residential development, and non-residential uses which serve the needs of farmworkers and residents of the Ag Reserve Tier.

Agricultural Reserve Roundtable

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) held a workshop in March 2014 to discuss issues and policies affecting the Agricultural Reserve Area. This workshop was held in response to recent requests by farmers and property owners seeking to expand the development options currently available in the Agricultural Reserve.

Following that workshop, the BCC directed staff to meet with various interest groups, to prepare a "roundtable" discussion of representatives of each interest group, and to bring the results of the Roundtable to the BCC for discussion and direction at a future workshop.

The representatives selected by each interest group will participate at the table, but all interested individuals will have the opportunity to attend the Roundtable and interact as audience members. The Roundtable is scheduled as follows:

Agricultural Reserve Roundtable
Monday, September 29th
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(doors open at 8:30)
Clayton Hutcheson Center
Exhibit Halls A & B
559 N. Military Trail,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33415

As an initial step in preparation for the interest group meetings, the Planning Division posted a survey regarding the Agricultural Reserve in June 2014. Respondents were asked to provide comments regarding the most important issues or problems to be addressed in the Agricultural Reserve, as well as potential opportunities or solutions, and to identify a primary area of interest. Additional information regarding the survey can be found here: Agricultural Reserve Survey.

Using the information provided on the surveys, nine interest group meetings were scheduled:

Representatives of Community Organizations August 13, 2014
Representatives of Environmental Organizations August 14, 2014
Farmers and Wholesale Food Consumers August 18, 2014
Representatives of Non-residential Uses August 20, 2014
Equestrian Interests August 21, 2014
Interested Citizens August 22, 2014
Agricultural Reserve Residents August 22, 2014
Nursery Operators August 26, 2014
Developers and Agents September 11, 2014

Additional information regarding the interest group meetings, including all comments submitted from interest group participants, can be viewed here: Agricultural Reserve Interest Group Meetings

Agricultural Reserve Timeline

The Interest Group Meetings and Roundtable are part of a process first initiated by the Board of County Commissioners in late 2013, and expected to conclude in early 2015:

December 2013 BCC directs staff to prepare a comprehensive workshop for discussion of Agricultural Reserve issues
March 2014 BCC Workshop, where BCC directs staff to identify and meet with interest groups, conduct a roundtable discussion with representatives of each interest group, and return to the BCC in a subsequent workshop for direction
June-July 2014 Identification of interest groups through survey process
August-September 2014 Meetings with each identified interest group
September 29, 2014 Agricultural Reserve Roundtable
Early 2015 Agricultural Reserve BCC Workshop

Agricultural Reserve Maps

The maps below depict publicly owned lands and approved/pending planned development districts (PDDs). Due to the file size, downloads may take several minutes to process depending on the internet connection speed.

Agricultural Reserve PDD Maps:
Ag Reserve Master Plan  
Ag Reserve Small Map - 11 x 17 (3 MB)
Ag Reserve Large Map - 22 x 36 (14 MB)
Ag Reserve Workshop Backup Documentation

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