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 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 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
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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.

Following the Roundtable, staff is assessing implications of the items discussed, and a follow-up to the Roundtable will be scheduled for additional input prior to returning to the Board of County Commissioners in a workshop session in March 2015.

Additional information regarding the date of the Roundtable follow-up will be available on this site as it becomes available. All attendees who provided an email address when signing in at the September 29th Roundtable will be sent notification regarding the Roundtable follow-up and the March 2015 workshop of the Board of County Commissioners.

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
TBD Roundtable Follow-up
March 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)

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