ROCKPORT, Maine — Twenty new homes could soon be built off Route 1 following approval by the town’s planning board.

The Rockport Planning Board voted Jan. 8 to approve the Ridge at Rockport project, said Rockport Planner Bill Najpauer.

The project was first proposed in September 2013 by developer Anthony Casella, who also built the adjacent 48-unit Village at Rockport.

The new housing development will be located on 11 acres between the Village at Rockport and Plants Unlimited.

Eight duplexes and four stand-alone homes were approved by the board. Each unit will have a garage.

No timetable for the start of construction has been announced.

Casella purchased the 11 acres, previously owned by Ferraiolo Construction, at a foreclosure auction in July 2013.