Agricultural Reserve Workshop of the Board of County Commissioners

A workshop session of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) is scheduled to discuss issues and policies affecting the Agricultural Reserve Area:

 

Tuesday, March 24th
9:30 a.m.
Palm Beach County Governmental Center
Jane M. Thompson Memorial Chambers,
Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 6th Floor
301 N. Olive Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

This workshop follows a Roundtable public input process directed by the BCC at a March 2014 workshop. The results of the Roundtable process and staff recommendations will be presented to the BCC for direction. Materials prepared for the workshop can be viewed here once available, approximately one week prior to the workshop. All Agricultural Reserve Interested Parties are invited to attend the workshop.

The Roundtable process was directed by the BCC in response to requests by farmers and property owners seeking to expand the development options currently available in the Agricultural Reserve. The BCC direction was to work with all interested stakeholders to identify means to address the concerns raised, proceeding from the basis of continued agricultural preservation.

The proposed changes presented in March 2014 on behalf of some farmers and property owners can be viewed here. In the subsequent Roundtable process, alternative concepts and proposals have been offered by various organizations and interest groups for consideration by the BCC. Those submitted to date can be viewed through the links below. Please note that the County does not verify the information presented within any proposal, and the positions expressed within the proposals are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the County's policy or view points.

Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations (COBWRA): link
Alliance of Delray: link
STAR: Save the Ag Reserve: link
Forced to Farm PAC: link
Everglades Law Center: link
School District: link
Sierra Club, Loxahatchee Group: link
Concerned Citizens for Equestrian Rights: link

Additional background information relating to the Agricultural Reserve and the Roundtable process is provided below.

Roundtable Process

March 2014 Workshop

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, 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.

June 2014 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.

August / September 2014 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
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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 were conducted in early February 2015. These sessions were in response to requests received at the first Roundtable for additional information regarding the potential impacts of the proposals and concepts discussed. Staff’s presentations from these technical sessions are found here.

An opportunity for public comment was provided following the technical sessions. Comments received through this process can be viewed here. Representatives of each Interest Group considered the posted comments in preparing to represent the Interest Group at the February Roundtable discussion.

February 2015 Roundtable

A second roundtable was held on February 17, 2015. The report prepared by the Roundtable Facilitator will be available as part of the materials prepared for the March 24, 2015 workshop of the Board of County Commissioners. An audio recording of the Roundtable proceedings can be accessed here.

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

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

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.

Agricultural Reserve Master Plan and 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.

Agricultural Reserve Master Plan and PDD Maps:
Ag Reserve Master Plan  
Ag Reserve Small Map - 11 x 17
Ag Reserve Large Map - 22 x 36

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