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Correspondent

GROTON — The Sewer Commission has sent letters to the Board of Selectmen and Zoning Board of Appeals, informing them that a site off Jenkins Road is outside the town’s sewer district and therefore sewer service can not be offered for a proposed development there.

Developer Robert M. Hicks has been trying for the past year to devise a plan acceptable to the town that would allow him to proceed with his Pine Ridge Court housing project, on 9.5 acres off Jenkins Road.

Originally Hicks had proposed a single 44-unit building at the site. but that plan met with early opposition from town officials and local residents due mainly to its 45-foot height, which would have dominated the landscape of the surrounding neighborhood.

Later, the developer proposed a configuration that eliminated the single building in favor of a “triplex” plan. That scheme, however, was dependent upon a connection to the town’s sewer system, which was subsequently rejected by the Sewer Commission last year.

The lack of a sewer connection made it impossible for Hicks to continue with his 12-building plan. With so many units spread out over 9.5 acres, there would not have been enough room left to install a standard septic system.

In response, the developer returned to the ZBA with a new plan consisting of 16 single-family homes at the Jenkins Road site.

In submitting the new plan, Hicks had dutifully notified a number of boards and committees requesting comments, of which the Sewer Commission was one.

The commission, at its Jan. 24 meeting, voted to send letters to both the selectmen and ZBA to inform them of the sewer situation.