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Greenbank Farm plan approved by port

After a year and a half of development that included input from dozens of volunteers and several public meetings, a new plan that outlines the future of the Greenbank Farm is complete.

The commissioners for the Port of Coupeville unanimously approved the master site plan for the Greenbank Farm during their Wednesday meeting. It covers agricultural, recreational, commercial, and environmental aspects of the farm.

With the plan complete, port officials are starting to implement its parts. One of the most important parts will be the conservation easement that will provide an additional layer of protection to the open spaces on the farm property. Port Executive Director Jim Patton said he hopes to meet with the Island County planning director to discuss the process.

Port officials plan to apply for the Conservation Futures fund money next year, which would provide the money needed for the easement.

Patton said after the meeting that work will begin in 2010 on a trails plan at the farm. He said money to develop that plan will be in next year’s budget. The port also hopes to land stand money for a new building the farm to enhance economic development.

Patton cited the work of Donna Keeler, a consultant the Port of Coupeville, who coordinated that plan’s development and the volunteers who participated.

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