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14,310 more homes?

Manteca developers gearing up for next boom

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14,310 more homes?

Workers on Friday were busy building new homes in Orchard Park off of Pillsbury Road in South Manteca.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED March 22, 2014 1:08 a.m.

Developers are betting Manteca is going to go boom.

There are 14,310 housing units either making their way through the approval and entitlement process at city hall or have lots that are ready to build.

The numbers are from a list of work projects that 4.5 municipal planners are struggling to process along with major state mandate reviews of planning documents as well as the nuts and bolts of site plans for projects ranging from Panera Bread and a new Taco Bell to a third ARCO AM/PM gas station and convenience store. Planners are also in charge of processing use permits as well as working with the city’s economic development specialist to examine the feasibility of various employers that developers are trying to snag for business parks on Austin Roads and CenterPoint with the expressed interest of bringing better paying jobs to Manteca. Such an analysis plays a pivotal role in efforts to secure additional employers.

The city is doing that with 55 percent less planners than they had in 2008.

It is against that backdrop that Building Industry Association Great Valley Executive Director John Beckman publically criticized municipal staff at Tuesday’s Manteca City Council meeting for not processing his members’ projects fast enough. Those projects specifically entail building the 14,310 housing units.

There are 555 finished lots in Manteca. That means they have received all of the required entitlements and either have had infrastructure put in place or are in the process of doing so. Of those, 365 lots are south of Woodward Avenue while the balance — 190 lots — are north of Lathrop Road including 111 in Del Webb at Woodbridge.

Three apartment complexes are also ready to build pending their respective developers’ ability to secure financing. They include the 128-unit Woodbridge apartments planned for the northeast corner of Union and Lathrop roads behind a retail center, the 148-Tesoro Apartments on the northeast corner of Atherton Drive and Van Ryn Avenue plus the 200-unit Terra Ranch complex near McKinley and Woodward avenues.

Another 5,440 lots have received tentative map approval and are pending while the final map is being processed and approved. Just under two thirds of those lots are being pursued south of Woodward Avenue.

Another 2,658 lots are part of subdivision maps now pending at city hall. All but 55 of those lots are also south of Woodward Avenue.

There are also 3,285 apartment units among three projects seeking site plan approval.

The balance of the homes are 4,544 living units that are envisioned for the Austin Road Business Park.

The housing units on the table have the potential to add more than 40,000 residents to Manteca. The city’s population at the start of the year was estimated at 72,000 by the California Department of Finance.

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