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.
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
September 2014 Roundtable
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.
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.
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.
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: