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Terra Ranch could add 409 more living units

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POSTED December 13, 2010 3:15 a.m.

Manteca south of the Highway 120 Bypass could add 6,058 homes over the next 15 years between four projects that are at various stages in the entitlement process.

The latest project to come up for public review is the 74.5-acre Terra Ranch housing proposal being pursued by Atherton Boyce Development. It is located directly south of the Florsheim Homes Deer Park neighborhood now under construction on the south side of Woodward Avenue about a half mile west of Airport Way. Terra Ranch consists of 209 single-family homes and a 200-unit apartment complex.

Public comment on the environmental impact report for the project will be taken during Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Manteca Planning Commission that meets at the Civic Center council chambers, 1001 W. Center St.

The developers had first proposed the project five years ago but didn’t move forward as they were waiting for the market conditions to indicate there was a demand for additional housing. Then the housing slowdown hit. Now the developers have invested $159,064 for the EIR to start moving toward the entitlement stage that could take up to 18 months which is when some experts anticipate new housing demand will start picking up tempo. Also at the current rate of absorption of lots already with improvements such as streets water and sewer in place but no homes built yet, Manteca has about a 26-monh supply - or over 620 such lots remaining.

There are two other projects in the southwest part of Manteca that are near Terra Ranch that are moving closer to breaking ground as well. One is Machado Estates on 160 acres sandwiched between Terra Ranch and Airport Way. It is envisioned for 560 homes.

The other is the Trails at Manteca near the western edge of Woodward Avenue due west of Terra Ranch and directly south of the former Manteca Waterslides site where the Oakwood Shores gated community is now located. The Trails are proposed for 1,471 single-family homes.

Meanwhile, Austin Road Business Park that will contain enough housing for 10,800 people was given the green light for annexation to the city on Friday by the San Joaquin County Local Agency Formation Commission. Based on current population yield rates per household in Manteca, 10,800 residents is the equivalent of 3,118 homes.

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