Batsman Hamish Marshall has agreed to stay at Gloucestershire but the length on his new deal will depend on the outcome of ground development plans.
Two different contracts have been drawn up - one based on planning permission at Nevil Road being received and the other on it being denied.
But the club insist the 32-year-old will stay either way.
"He will be a Gloucestershire player next season whatever happens," said chief executive Tom Richardson.
"We thought we were going to have to wait until the outcome of our planning application to agree terms with Hamish, but we have now found a way around that.
"He will sign a contract if we develop our facilities and a slightly different one if we don't.
"We had to offer him alternative contracts because if we don't get our ground development through our finances will be tighter.
"This reflects very well on Hamish as he understands this and we wanted to reassure him he was still wanted."
Gloucestershire have been working on plans to improve their ground since 2010.
Plans were submitted to the council in February and a planning committee meeting was due to determine the outcome of the proposed development this week.
However queries raised by the council mean the meeting has been pushed back again.
New Zealander Marshall has been with the county since 2006, initially as an overseas player. He has played 82 first-class matches, scoring 5014 runs at an average of 37.14.