Welcome to the Palm Beach Planning Congress, Inc. web site. This web site is continually updated so please chck back often.
Welcome to the Palm Beach County Planning Congress, Inc. web site. This web site is continually updated so please check back often.
The Palm Beach County Planning Congress is a multi-disciplinary organization, originally chartered in 1975, that is composed of professionals actively involved and interested in the growth and development of Palm Beach County and the surrounding region. Membership in the Planning Congress includes public and private sector professionals in the fields of urban planning, water resources, transportation, education, local, regional and state planning, architecture, growth management and environmental law, engineering, landscape architecture, real estate, health and human services, and other related fields.
The goals and objectives of the Planning Congress are:
- To provide a forum for discussion and professional interaction;
- To provide for the development of new concepts, the exchange of ideas, and the dissemination of planning information;
- To develop policy positions on vital matters affecting the quality of life in Palm Beach County; and
- To encourage growth management practices within Palm Beach County that will enhance its social, physical and economic development.
The Planning Congress meets on a regular monthly basis and features a variety of topics that are both current and of interest to our members. Meeting formats vary and include presentations, panel discussions, field trips, tours, and/or a combination of formats depending on the topic. See below for a sampling of past programs.
The Planning Congress also has a designated member on the Palm Beach County Land Development Regulation Advisory Board (formerly known as the Citizens Task Force) that allows us to provide direct input into the County’s Unified Land Development Code revision process.
Sampling of Past Program Events
- A presentation by and question and answer session with Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, and President of the Philippe Cousteau Foundation;
- A panel discussion and tour of the Abacoa New Town in Jupiter featuring all the entities who were instrumental in implementing this project;
- An all day tour of the Palm Beach County agricultural area including “in the field” tours of various farming operations, the Atlantic Sugar Mill, and the Sem Chi Rice Mill;
- A presentation by Robert Gibbs, a nationally known architect, planner & designer who specializes in the design and redevelopment of town centers and retail areas;
- Behind the scenes tours of the new Palm Beach County Convention Center, City Place, the Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Roger Dean Stadium while under construction;
- Tours of the Trump International Golf Club and the new Trump International Clubhouse;
- A discussion and tour of the Riviera Beach Redevelopment Area;
- A presentation on the Palm Beach County Equestrian Community, including a ring side seat at one of the Equestrian Festival jumping events;
- A presentation on the Palm Beach County Science Museum Expansion/Relocation Plans;
- A presentation/discussion of the proposed Lake Worth Beach Redevelopment Bond Issue and the history of the Casino Building on Lake Worth Beach in the Casino Building ballroom, featuring former Mayor Tom Ramiccio;
- A personal, after hours tour of the new Supervisor of Elections Office by Supervisor of Elections Teresa LaPore, including a lesson on how to use the new voting machines;
- Regular pre- and post-session updates on the Florida Legislature featuring local legislators and other key participants;
- Saturday morning canoe trips of the Savannas State Reserve in St. Lucie County, led by the Park Manager, and the Loxahatchee Wild and Scenic River;
- A presentation/discussion of the Lion Country Safari Master Plan and related environmental, wildlife and conservation, compatibility, operational, and design issues, including a tour;
- A “Meet and Greet” with the County’s new Planning Director, Lorenzo Aghemo;
- A tour of the Indiantown Co-generation Power Plant;
- A presentation on the proposed “Turquoise Necklace” concept that would expand and link urban parks and lakes with surrounding natural ecosystems in the South Florida area at the Cuillo Center for the Arts;
- Regular updates on the local, state, and federal economy and its impact on land use planning and development in Palm Beach County and South Florida;
- Tours/presentations on Mar-A-Lago, Whitehall, and other historical homes in Palm Beach;
- Presentations on the Palm Beach County Agricultural Reserve and Sector Plans;
- A Symposium on current Health Care Issues featuring speakers from the various sectors of the industry;
- A Presentation on Better Models for Development;
- A presentation/discussion on the proposed School Concurrency Program subsequently adopted by the Palm Beach County School Board, County Commission, and all local governments in the county;
- A tour/discussion of the SFWMD Control Room and operations, S-5A Pump Station, and STA 1-W/Everglades Nutrient Removal Project;
- A tour/presentation on the County’s Emergency Operations Center;
- An all-day bus tour of the Glades Redevelopment efforts in Belle Glade, Pahokee, and surrounding areas;
- A behind the scenes tour of the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority facilities, led by Don Lockhart, former Executive Director.
These programs are in addition to our less formal activities each year that include:
- A summer picnic at one of the county’s major parks;
- Our Keys Fest weekend in Islamorada each October; and
- A Holiday party at a unique Palm Beach County location (recent venues have included the recently renovated Lake Worth Casino, Seagull Cottage in Palm Beach, the Around the World Art Village and Café at City Place, the Bamboo Room in Lake Worth, and Brogue’s Irish Pub, among others).