PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON CREATION OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR COMMUNITY INPUT ON AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE SCHEME OF HARBOR IMPROVEMENTS
September 22, 2021 – 7 PM Public Hearing Starts
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The Port of Coupeville Considers an Industrial Development District
The Port of Coupeville, created in 1966, has a unique role in sustaining the economic health of Central Whidbey Island through the proper oversight of its valued community assets: the Coupeville Wharf, 24 Front Street (former Gillespie Meat Market now Collections Boutique), and Greenbank Farm. The status of the Port’s assets is captured in its Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements that was last updated in 2018 following a robust community engagement process that included a Citizen Advisory Committee.
Much of the Port’s assets were built decades ago and are in need of substantial upgrades and repairs. To address those needs, the Port has recently completed a Capital Finance Plan that projects the planning level costs to undertake these much-needed renovations. Existing Port tax revenues and operating income are inadequate to fund needed improvements which are preliminarily estimated to be over $13 million.
Since the mid 1950’s Washington ports have been authorized to levy a special property tax (Industrial Development Levy) to fund needed capital improvements. This unique levy would be allocated to exclusively fund needed repairs and enhancements throughout the Port of Coupeville Industrial Development District (IDD). The Port will be considering the need to create the IDD at a series of public hearings in the Fall of 2021, and if approved to move forward, the first levy would be effective in 2022 or later.
If these valued community assets are to be protected for generations to come, these renovations need to be made in a timely fashion. We look forward to engaging with the community to explore the possibilities.
Community Survey Focused on Greenbank Farm – Results are In!
Your feedback mattered as we received over 370 community responses to our survey, with almost a 1000 written comments! Please click Community Survey 2020 Summary for the final results. The Port launched this community survey to seek public input on land use, access and recreation at Greenbank Farm, including the off-leash dog area. The survey, which was open for more than a month, closed and now you can see a summary of the results. Results will also be shared at an upcoming board meeting and in an upcoming issue of The Current, the Port’s online newsletter. To subscribe to Port news, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can always contact us to share input or ideas about how we can improve the experience at our historic properties.