The long-running saga of a developer’s plan to build 187 housing units on Hiawatha Lane — the narrow road nestled between Saugatuck Avenue and I-95 exit 17 — has taken another turn.
The state Appellate Court ruled that Westport’s Water Pollution Control Authority appropriately exercised its discretion to deny the developer — Summit Saugatuck — an application for a sewer connection.
Applications for sewer connections had been denied by other bodies as well, including the Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Selectmen.
The Appellate Court ruling is a major victory for the town.
Summit may refile their application. They may also appeal to the state Supreme Court.
But as of today, they do not have permission to extend the sewer — or build on what is already a narrow, difficult to access piece of land, with some of the most affordable housing in Westport.