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Manteca: Epicenter of SJ construction

237 of 414 new homes countywide are in Manteca

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Manteca: Epicenter of SJ construction

Manteca is leading San Joaquin County in new home starts.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED December 12, 2009 3:16 a.m.
Manteca has emerged as the brightest spot for construction in all of San Joaquin County as The Great Recession rolls on.

Almost six out of every 10 homes built in San Joaquin County during the fiscal year starting July 1, 2008 and ending June 30, 2009 was built in Manteca. Based on data compiled by the San Joaquin Council of Governments, Manteca had 237 housing starts out of the 414 new homes that were built countywide.

Stockton was next with 120 housing starts followed by San Joaquin County with 30, Lathrop with 25, Escalon and Lodi with one apiece, and Tracy and Ripon with no homes built. The data is contained in SJCOG’s Regional Transportation Improvement Fee report.

That comes on the heels of news that Manteca scored a 7.6 percent increase in taxable sales from the third quarter of 2008 (July, August, and September) compared to the same period this year based on state Board of Equalization data. The next closest city was Tracy that experienced a drop-off of 9.8 percent in sales volume. Every other jurisdiction had double digit losses in taxable sales volume with Ripon being the worst with a 35.6 percent drop-off in sales volume.

Meanwhile Manteca Unified is one of only two school districts countywide to register a significant gain in students. Enrollment is up 141 in Manteca Unified while Lodi had a jump also but it was just double digit.

Manteca also led the way in office construction with 151,853 square feet constructed. Next was Stockton with 124,549 square feet. Manteca was fourth in retail construction with 22,687 square feet. Tracy topped the list with 101,674 square feet followed by San Joaquin County at 49,907 square feet, and then Stockton at 46,136 square feet.

Manteca already has matched Tracy’s retail construction for last fiscal year with work that is now underway on the premium outlet stores between JC Penney and Bass Pro Shops.

Community Development Director Mark Nelson anticipates 300 new single family homes will be built this year in Manteca based on plan submittals by developers.

That is why City Manager Steve Pinkerton expects Manteca to lead construction activity again this fiscal year when it comes to San Joaquin County.

“These numbers are yet another vindication for the economic development policies promoted by our City Council during this decade,” Pinkerton noted in his blog.

Manteca was the first city in the Northern San Joaquin Valley to impose a growth cap. The 3.9 percent annual cap is based on the number of residnetial sewer allocations that can be issued in a given year.

The growth cap established in 1985 is credited with prompting developers to enter into long-term agreements with the city to secure sewer allocation reliability over multiple years. That in turn impacted how they financed projects preventing them – in most cases – from over building the market.
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