The Martha’s Vineyard Commission Thursday approved a proposal from Rymes Propane Gas to operate a propane delivery business off High Point Lane in Vineyard Haven. John Rymes, the owner of the New Hampshire-based company, said he saw a need for another propane supplier on the Island, and he plans to start a temporary facility on property owned by Peter Goodale. The project had sparked some debate about whether the property’s development of regional impact status could be rescinded when the propane company relocates.
Mr. Goodale had requested that the DRI status, which was triggered by the storage of fuel, be rescinded once the propane company leaves his property.
Mr. Rymes is leasing a 20,000 square foot area for the operation, which includes a portable propane tank holding up to 14,100 gallons of propane, and delivery trucks. Mr. Rymes said he is looking to build a permanent facility elsewhere on the Vineyard.
The commission voted the DRI status of the property would not exceed eight years, and that upon removal of the propane tanks, the DRI status would be effectively rescinded without further action from the commission.
“I think this is an elegant solution to a problem we’ve faced about once a DRI always a DRI,” said commissioner Christina Brown, referring to an MVC rule.
In other business, the commission discussed whether Tom Pachico’s proposal to subdivide a 1.2-acre piece of family-owned property on High Point Lane in Vineyard Haven would require a public hearing review as a DRI.
The commissioners debated the effect of possible uses for the property, but ultimately voted that the project did not need a DRI review.
After a modification review of MVTV’s scaled-back plans for a new building, the commission also voted that the changes to the approved DRI were insignificant and did not merit a new hearing. Plans for MVTV’s new community media center on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven road have been scaled back from 7,200 square feet to 4,000 square feet.