The phase 1 final development plan for Symphony Woods was unanimously approved by the Howard County Planning Board at its meeting on Thursday evening.
The initial development includes a pathway system that would connect to the mall and Little Patuxent Parkway, a fountain near the entrance and a network of pathways throughout the north side of the park, according to images provided to the board and a description of planned improvements at the board's previous meeting last Thursday, July 12.
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As part of the approval, the board requested that the Columbia Association, the developer of Symphony Woods, make attempts to build pathways without removing trees, according to an article on Explore Howard.
Residents have been about the possibility of 64 trees being removed from Symphony Woods. Charlie Bailey, from the landscape architecture firm working with CA on the development, said 64-tree-removal was the "worst-case scenario" at the meeting last week.
In the , the CA wrote future developments may include a pavilion, an amphitheater, a cafe, a play activity area, a woodland garden area and a new parking area inside the park.