The Martha’s Vineyard Commission gave a green light to an Edgartown condominium development late last week, but the developers said conditions imposed on the project are unreasonable.

James Brennan and Paul Pertile plan to build a 24,000-square-foot building with four commercial condominiums, eight two-bedroom apartments and four storage units in an empty lot near the Edgartown Triangle.

At a meeting last Thursday, commissioners praised the project, which was reviewed as a development of regional impact (DRI).

“This project really was a well-thought out project, considerate of the neighbors, and considerate of the issues that came in front of the commission,” said John Breckenridge.

“I am incredibly delighted with the attention to detail paid to the homeowner,” said commissioner Joan Malkin.

Despite overall approval, a sticking point emerged as the process neared completion.

Consensus said that the applicant’s proposed contribution to affordable housing did not meet commission standards.

The applicants offered to contribute $7,000 to an affordable housing organization, according to their interpretation of the MVC’s affordable housing policy. The policy outlines recommendations for contributions to affordable housing groups, depending on the size of the building or the number of residential units. For a commercial project of 8,000 square feet, a $7,000 contribution is recommended.

But this project is a mixed-use property, combining commercial, residential and storage space — a nuance not addressed in the policy.

MVC Chairman Fred Hancock said the policy for a commercial project was that the contribution is calculated using the entire square footage of the building. “My biggest point is that an offer of $7,000, and nothing else, is not adequate,” Mr. Hancock said.

Commissioner Trip Barnes differed, saying the apartments would likely serve year-round tenants. “I don’t think he is going to look for the high-buck summer rental in that neighborhood,” he said. “The guy has a lot of money tied up and he probably wants some freedom.”

Others said that without restrictions on the price of the units, the project could not be guaranteed to provide accessible housing opportunities.

In the end, the commission voted to condition the project on a larger affordable housing contribution.

The developers can choose either to pay $39,000 to an affordable housing organization or allocate two apartments for staff or year-round residents.

Reached Monday, Mr. Brennan expressed frustration with the decision.

“It’s ridiculous the amount of money they are asking for and they think nothing of it,” he said. He said some commissioners had made an assumption that the sum wouldn’t be a burden to developers of what they saw as a multi-million dollar project.

In fact, he said they had gone to the bank for a loan to finance the project.

The search for a new executive director is under way at the MVC, though on Thursday commissioners disagreed about the correct way to conduct it.

The commission voted to spend up to $20,000 to hire a recruiting firm to help vet national and even international applicants, but not before a lengthy discussion on the merits of the approach.

Doug Sederholm, who serves as chairman of the executive search committee, said a recruiter would accelerate the search. He added that the alternative of narrowing the search to Island candidates would be risky.

“A local search would take an absolute minimum of three months, and if we didn’t find someone we would very much be behind a huge eight ball,” Mr. Sederholm said.

“None of us really feel we have the expertise to be vetting candidates from around the country and really dealing with that and I don’t think we have staff that has the time to do that either,” he said.

But Mr. Barnes was opposed to hiring a recruiting firm, saying he preferred to pursue local candidates.

He suggested putting an advertisement in the local paper.

“It is a fairly standard approach, I don’t think there is any rocket science,” Mr. Barnes said. “I would like to see an ad go out.”

Leonard Jason Jr. sided with Mr. Barnes. He said in the past, the commission had placed ads with other regional planning agencies and the Boston Globe. He said by hiring a recruiter, the MVC would forfeit the hands-on approach.

Commissioner Linda Sibley disagreed. “The purpose of the consultant is to keep track of the process but we do all of the decision making,” she said.

In other business, the commission voted not to review a Tisbury project to demolish a building off of Beach Road.

Ralph Packer, who owns the structure and abutting property, said the building is shabby and has fallen into disuse. “It is a deplorable building,” Mr. Packer said. “We do not use it, it would be great expense to redo it and we have decided we do not want to venture that way.”

The project will return to the town of Tisbury for further review.

The commission also voted not to review the sale of Tom’s Neck Farm to the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank.

One of the sellers, Ann Floyd, said she had been working on the project for 22 years.

“It will be forever protected and it is a dream come true,” she said.