Tisbury selectmen got their first look Tuesday at what could be the future of Packer’s marine terminal on Beach Road as a support terminal for an offshore wind farm planned for waters south of the Island.

Formal plans have not been filed yet.

But project engineer Sue Nilson led the selectmen and about three dozen audience members through a slide show and video rendering of the proposed new facility.

“The major planning elements [of the project] include improvements to the existing terminal and creating a hub for offshore wind operations and maintenance,” she said.

Among other things, plans call for dredging, bulkhead construction, replacing solid fill with pile-supported pier structures, adding a barge ramp and building a wave fence to protect from storm surges.

“As you can imagine, there are a lot of permits required,” Ms. Nilson said.

“We expect to be referred to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission,” she continued, while listing a number of other regulatory bodies at the local, state and federal levels that will have to sign off on the project.

“Our hope is that we’ll have permits issued in the fall of 2020, which will allow us to begin construction in late 2020, early 2021,” Ms. Nilson said, adding that Vineyard Wind has already made a commitment to be the first leaseholder at the new marine terminal.

Property owner Ralph Packer was also on hand for the presentation.

“This will be independently financed,” Mr. Packer said. “We’re not requesting public funds.”

Tuesday’s presentation was the first public airing of the proposed new terminal project, which goes by the name Tisbury Marine Terminal after a limited-liability corporation Mr. Packer and his wife Dorothy established in late 2018.

Richard Andre, president of the Vineyard Power energy cooperative, said the new wind farm could hire up to 40 workers from the Vineyard and that ACE MV is offering training to qualify Islanders for wind energy jobs.

“I know there’s going to be lots more opportunities for public input . . . as we go through the process,” said Tisbury selectman and board chairman Melinda Loberg.

In other business Tuesday, selectmen set the date for the annual town meeting on March 31, 2020 because Passover begins Wednesday, April 8, posing a conflict for observant Jewish voters if town meeting goes for more than one night. The town election will be April 14.

Selectmen, with town administrator Jay Grande and finance director Jon Snyder, went into executive session more than three and a half hours after the meeting began.

They returned after about 20 minutes to announce the town has signed a new three-year contract with its employee union.

Selectmen were also due to discuss the 1905 stone bank building on Main street, currently owned by Santander Bank and on the market for $4 million, but made no announcement on the subject after their closed session.

The next selectmen’s meeting is Nov. 12.