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. Materials relating to the workshop can be found here: Ag Reserve March 2014 Workshop Backup Documentation

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.

Survey

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.

Interest Group Meetings

Using the information provided on the surveys, nine interest group meetings were conducted in 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
.

September 2014 Roundtable

The Roundtable discussion directed by the Board of County Commissioners was conducted on September 29, 2014. The presentation used by the Roundtable Facilitator to lead the discussion and record the outcomes can be found here: Roundtable Outcome. An audio recording of the Roundtable proceedings can be accessed here.

February 2015 Technical Sessions and Public Comment Period

In follow-up to the September 2014 Roundtable, two technical sessions are scheduled for early February 2015. These sessions are in response to requests received at the first Roundtable for additional information regarding the potential impacts of the proposals and concepts discussed. These sessions will cover the same information, and are open to all Agricultural Reserve interested parties. Materials related to staff’s presentations will also be posted on the Planning Division website.

Technical Sessions

Monday, February 2nd      OR    Thursday, February 5th
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.                9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Planning, Zoning and Building Department
Vista Center, Room VC-1E-58
2300 N. Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Following the technical sessions, an opportunity for public comment will be provided online (dates to be announced). The intent is to gather public comment on the proposals and concepts discussed at the September 2014 Roundtable, considering the information provided at the technical sessions. Comments received through this process will be available for viewing by all interested parties, and representatives of each Interest Group will specifically be asked to review and consider the posted comments in preparation for a second Roundtable discussion.

February 2015 Roundtable

A second Roundtable is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, 2015. This Roundtable will begin with an overview of staff’s assessment of the potential impacts of the proposals and concepts discussed at the September Roundtable.  It will also include an opportunity for additional public input.  The meeting will again be professionally facilitated.   All Agricultural Reserve interested parties are invited to attend. The agenda for the Roundtable will be posted at this location once finalized.

Roundtable

Tuesday, February 17th
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Clayton Hutcheson Center
Exhibit Halls A & B
559 N. Military Trail,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33415

March 2015 Board of County Commissioners' Workshop

The results of the Roundtable process will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners in a workshop session on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Materials prepared for the workshop will be available on this website once finalized, approximately one week prior to the workshop. All Agricultural Reserve Interested Parties are invited to attend the workshop.

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
February 2 & 5, 2015 Technical Sessions
February 17, 2015 Second Agricultural Reserve Roundtable
March 24, 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 Master Plan and PDD Maps:
Ag Reserve Master Plan  
Ag Reserve Small Map - 11 x 17 (3 MB)
Ag Reserve Large Map - 22 x 36 (14 MB)

If you cannot view PDF files, you can download Acrobat Reader for free from Adobe Systems, Inc. In order to use PDF files, you must have Acrobat installed on your computer.