Our Focus

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Sustainable Palm Beach County focuses on FOUR key areas:

Land Use

Palm Beach County is Florida’s second largest county in area — covering 1,977 square miles — excluding Lake Okeechobee. It’s larger than Rhode Island and Delaware put together. The County’s southeastern areas are urban. Northeastern, central and western areas are mainly suburban and rural.

SPBC opposes the depletion of all buildable land. It’s not possible to “grow” more land. We encourage leaders to adopt and commit to sustainable land use policies that preserve open space, farmland, and critical environmental areas that are unique to Palm Beach County. We encourage a robust agriculture industry where farmers employ best practices. We promote enhancement of green space, including parks and natural areas.

We look for opportunities to return land to its natural state. Doing so makes it possible for water to flow freely again into the Everglades and gives residents and tourists more natural areas and green space for recreation.

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Water Stewardship

Water is one of Florida’s most precious, controversial, sought and fought over resources. Our geography and politics make the state’s water management complicated. Our geological characteristics make for a constant quest for quality.  Our weather makes the supply unpredictable.

We’re often awash in water, leading the public to think there’s a never ending supply. The truth is we face a water shortage. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam forecasts a dire shortage in just 30 years if we don’t think differently about water.

While we’re often awash in water, leading the public to think there’s a never ending supply, the truth is Florida faces a water shortage.

Understanding that our water policies cannot be separated from those of our surrounding areas, we encourage responsible stewardship of the County’s water resources — ensuring a clean supply and promoting conservation and recycling.

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Compact building design

We promote the creation of a range of attractive and livable housing opportunities and choices that offer walkable, bicycle-friendly neighborhoods and high capture rates to mitigate traffic congestion.

In counties to our South, residents spend their days gridlocked in traffic. This is not a future we want.

We champion a smart growth approach to land use planning that promotes compact, transit-oriented urban communities that are attractive and livable without wasteful sprawl.

Green space preservation

When surveyed, Palm Beach County residents say they choose to live here because of the warm weather, the blue water, green space for recreation. We can’t control the weather; we’re working on the water; and we advocate for seizing every opportunity to add green space for public enjoyment.

The County welcomes many thousands of tourists each year. That’s all to our economic good. But residents are sending a clear message to policymakers: Palm Beach County is our home, not simply a destination. We want to keep our home uncongested, our water clean, and preserve our “green.”

Residents are sending a clear message to policymakers: Palm Beach County is our home. We want to keep our home uncongested, our water clean, and preserve our “green.”

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