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Developer Withdraws Saugatuck Sewer Request, to File New One

Summit Saugatuck LLC, a developer with plans to construct a 186-unit housing development on Hiawatha Lane Extension in Westport’s Saugatuck section, has withdrawn its request for a sewer extension to make the development possible, First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today.

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The developer hoping to built a 186-unit housing complex had sought a sewer extension on Saugatuck’s Hiawatha Lane Extension.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Timothy S. Hollister, the attorney representing Summit Saugatuck, sent a letter Monday to Marpe, stating that the town “should not take this action as Summit (is) abandoning its development plan for Hiawatha Lane Extension…A new application will be filed shortly.”

The Board of Selectmen, acting as the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), was scheduled to hear the sewer request Jan. 29, making its decision based on a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) report.

At Thursday’s P&Z public hearing more than 50 persons turned out, many voicing their objections to the development plan, noting that the sewer extension would overwhelm the area’s pump station, resulting in a sewer moratorium for current residents who want or need hookups. (See WestportNow Jan. 8, 2015)

The P&Z postponed a vote on either a positive or negative recommendation to the WPCA, but the sense of the meeting was that they would give a negative report.

“I was pleased to receive this letter,” Marpe said. “The report the town commissioned from Weston & Sampson engineers clearly showed the limits to the pump station serving this area.

“I hope that Summit will take this opportunity to reconsider the scope of its proposal,” he added. 

—James Lomuscio

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