The Sykesville Planning Commission gave construction and grading permit approval to Boulder Hill development Monday.
John Serra, owner of J&B; Construction, plans to build 18 single-family homes on the 10-acre site near Oklahoma Road.
The project has been in the planning stage for about five years, Mr. Serra said. Building will begin next month.
The commission members expressed concerns about existing trees on the property and required the contractor to install protective fences before grading begins.
"I will try to save as many trees as possible," said Mr. Serra. "That is a selling factor."
* Eldersburg: An engine from the Sykesville station was dispatched for a brush fire on Johnsville Road at 4:27 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters were out for 26 minutes.
* Louisville: Gamber, Reese, Sykesville and Reisterstown of Baltimore County responded to a house fire on Scotsworth Way at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. Units were out for 29 minutes.
* Sykesville: Sykesville assisted Howard County on a fire alarm on Woodford Drive at 1:06 p.m. Wednesday. Units were out for 13 minutes.