The Martha’s Vineyard Commission agreed Thursday to extend its 2021 approval of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School athletic field reconstruction until 60 days after the end of litigation between the school committee and the Oak Bluffs planning board.

The two-year period of validity for the commission’s approval was set to expire August 27 because no work had begun on the project. Plans for a new turf field and track have been on hold because the Oak Bluffs board denied the project in 2022. The school is currently appealing that decision in state Land Court.

“As long as the litigation with the planning board is occurring, [the school] can’t do anything,” said Doug Sederholm, who chairs the commission’s land use planning committee. That committee voted Monday to recommend the extension without a public hearing.

“It didn’t make any sense for us to consider, at this point, whether there is a sufficient regional impact from extending a decision … since they can’t do anything,” Mr. Sederholm said.

“It would be a waste of our time to do that. And therefore what we should do is address the issue when the litigation with the town is resolved,” he said.

The vote was 10-2-1, with Kate Putnam and Jeff Agnoli voting no and Christina Brown abstaining, to extend the approval until 60 days after the case is over and the appeal period has expired.

If the commission had not extended the permission, the school would have had to re-apply, likely creating months if not years of more permitting if it were to move forward with the project.

In other business Thursday, the commission heard, but did not take up Tisbury homeowner Amelia Hambrecht’s plan to subdivide her Lagoon Pond Road property. Ms. Hambrecht has proposed relocating the historic Caleb Prouty House from Stop & Shop-owned property to her land.

“The impacts of this are not sufficiently regional, and the town is very well equipped to deal with any other issues that present themselves,” commissioner Fred Hancock said.

Also Thursday, the commission voted that no public hearing is needed to allow Carlos Teles to elevate the driveway for his Nina’s Dine and Dash trailer restaurant on Beach Road, where it shares the former Hinckley’s lumberyard with Vineyard Wind.