Purpose of the 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.

2014-2015 Workshops of the Board of County Commissioners

In March 2014, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) held a workshop to discuss issues and policies affecting the Agricultural Reserve Area, in response to requests by farmers and other property owners seeking to expand the development options 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 process to the BCC for discussion and direction at a future workshop, which was held in March 2015.  Subsequently, the BCC has taken action or provided direction on several items.

Additional information regarding these workshops and the roundtable process can be found here.

Contiguity Requirements for 60/40 Planned Development Preserves: On October 26, 2015, the BCC adopted amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Unified Land Development Code to allow free-standing preserve areas of less than 150 acres to serve as preserves associated with Agricultural Reserve 60/40 planned developments.

Non-Residential Land Uses & Private Amendments: For further information, visit the Amendments in Process page.

Pre-existing Non-Residential Land Uses: On October 26, 2015, the BCC transmitted County-initiated amendments to the Comprehensive Plan to address the non-conforming status of specific pre-existing commercial and institutional properties.  These amendments are scheduled for adoption public hearing on January 27th, 2016.

New Non-Residential Land Uses: On October 26th, 2015 the BCC also transmitted a previously-postponed, privately-initiated site–specific amendment for the Thomas Packing property at the NE corner of Clint Moore Road and SR 7, which would remove this property from the Agricultural Reserve Tier of the County and change its Future Land Use from AGR to Multiple Land Use (with Commercial Low and Low Residential 2 units per acre). This amendment is scheduled for adoption public hearing on January 27th, 2016.  

Per BCC direction on July 30th, the Planning Division is also proceeding with a text amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to address the commercial language in the Ag Reserve Tier, including the maximum floor area ratio (FAR) and related provisions.  The Planning Division is also processing privately-proposed text and FLUA amendments for proposed future land use changes in the Agricultural Reserve and will examine each application considering the concurrent text amendment to FAR and BCC direction to consider 'squaring off' intersections.  These amendments are scheduled for transmittal public hearing on January 27th, 2016. 

For further information regarding the amendment process, contact Stephanie Gregory, Planner II, at 561-233-5388 or sgregor1@pbcgov.org or visit the following link for additional information: Comprehensive Plan Amendment Info

Farm Residences: On October 26th, 2015, the BCC directed staff to return no later than February 2016 with additional information regarding a request from property-owners to permit owners of parcels with a residence to sell development rights from all but 1 acre of a property, on property having a land use density of one unit per 5 acres.

Agricultural Reserve PDD 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.

Ag Reserve Small Map - 11 x 17
Ag Reserve Large Map - 22 x 36

Agricultural Reserve Master Plan

Ag Reserve Master Plan

Preliminary Master Planning Documents

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