New Albion Online article today - Upgradeable Islands!
Looks like you will be able to upgrade and expand your private and guild islands. This will increase the number of building and farming plots.
They are also adding laborers - NPCs you can hire who will help gather resources. More info on that later.
This is great news for the PvE Strats guild who wanted to focus more on the guild island and mostly stay away from the PvP zones. I assume the main drawback to using the upgraded island will be the high tax rate.