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Builders target Palm Beach County farmland

Commission mulls commercial construction in Agricultural Reserve

December 06, 2013 10:30AM

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Agricultural Reserve

Agricultural Reserve

With so many developers looking for buildable land, Palm Beach County commissioners think it’s time to explore allowing more commercial construction in the Agricultural Reserve.

The commission plans to hold a workshop early next year to discuss potential increased development density in the 21,000-acre reserve, the Palm Beach Post reported. Commissioners addressed the possibility while debating developer Doug Feurring’s request to modify zoning rules in the reserve to accommodate commercial uses on properties smaller than 10 acres. Feurring wants to develop a small shopping center with a drugstore anchor on five acres at the intersection of Lyons Road and Atlantic Avenue.

Commissioners did not vote on Feurring’s application. County planners suggest denying his request because it contradicts prior commission votes to protect agricultural sites by restricting commercial development to two locations within the reserve. [Palm Beach Post]Eric Kalis

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