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
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 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