Port to discuss Greenbank Farm

The commissioners for the Port of Coupeville will meet next week to discuss several issues pertaining to the Greenbank Farm.

The meeting takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Coupeville Public Library located on Alexander Street.

Commissioners plan to discuss the conservation easement for the Greenbank Farm.

That document would add another layer of protection for the publicly owned farm and is also a requirement for Conservation Futures dollars the county commissioners approved in 2011. Since that approval, negotiations between the county and the port have stalled.

Bob Pederson, director of planning and community development for Island County, along with Greenbank Farm Management Group President Michael Stansbury, will attend the meeting.

The commissioners will also talk about the current zoning of the farm and the future of the management group, which the port pays to operate the farm.

Commissioner Marshall Bronson also suggested that a presentation be given about the recent history of the farm so people can better understand the current situation.


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