On Monday, September 28, 2014 at the Clayton Hutcheson Conference Center in West Palm Beach, the County held an Agricultural Reserve Roundtable Discussion with farmers, developers, and other interested groups represented. Among the civic groups present was the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations.
The meeting began at 9 AM and lasted until 4 PM. The County began with a brief history of the Agricultural Reserve presented by Isaac Hoyos. Audrey Norman, Director of the Cooperative Extension Service, provided an explanation of the economic impact of the Agricultural Reserve.
The 27 participants at the Discussion were divided into 3 smaller discussion groups. The facilitator of the day was John Streitmatter, Director of the Leadership Research Institute. He encouraged the groups to attempt to generate options and find common ground. Common ground was defined as not negotiating or "compromising" but findIng things on which there is some sense of agreement and build on those things to enlarge the set of things on which there is agreement. More information on what was discussed at the meeting can be found at http://www.pbcgov.com/pzb/Planning/ag_reserve/ag_reserve.htm
During the next few months, Staff will be processing and researching the ideas and concerns which were generated from the discussion groups and on March 24 of 2015 the Board of County Commissioners will be discussing the Agricultural Reserve again at a public meeting.
Photo above: Roundtable groups where Dr. Lori Vinikoor, Executive VP of the Alliance of Delray provided input generated from discussions with row crop farmers, nursery Owners, other interested parties, and a survey of the Membership.
Photo below: Members of the public that attended the Roundtable discussions
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