GROTON — The Planning Board has unanimously approves a special permit for developer Dennis Lacombe to build a shared driveway on land off Forest Drive.
The 6-0 decision would allow Lacombe to build homes on two 1.25-acre lots, to be serviced by the 200-foot-long driveway.
Lacombe’s engineer, Richard Harrington, told the board that the lots could have been served with their own individual driveways, but it was felt that a shared driveway, using less pavement and thereby reducing run-off from the property, would be more environmentally friendly.
“I think it would be a positive impact on the environment,” Harrington told the board.
“It looks pretty straightforward to me,” said Bruce Clements, whose sentiment seemed to echo those of his fellow board members.
According to planning administrator Michelle Collette, the two homes being proposed by Lacombe are part of the Grotonwoods subdivision, a project that had been approved in 1986. At the time, town officials were informed by the developer that he expected the complete build-out of the subdivision to take at least 20 years.
That schedule seemed about right, with 24 homes still remaining to be built out of a planned total of 117 for the project. — Pierre Comtois