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2,458 homes in planning process for SW Manteca
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The private sector is showing signs of growing confidence in the possibility of the new housing sector rebounding in Manteca during the next two or so years.

Atherton Boyce Development is putting $159,064 on the table for an environmental impact report for the firm’s proposed Terra Ranch development that has been idle for nearly five years.

The proposed 74.5-acre project is located directly south of the Florsheim Homes Deer Park neighborhood now under construction. Terra Ranch is on the south side Woodward Avenue about a half mile west of Airport Way.

The developer envisions 427 single family homes plus an apartment complex that will have more than 160 units.

The City Council on Tuesday will consider awarding a contract to do the environmental studies to Raney Planning & Management. The city requires developers to foot the bill for such state-mandated studies while municipal leaders selected the firm they want to do the study.

Two other projects in the southwest portion of the city - generally southwest of Woodward Avenue and Airport Way - are slowly moving toward entitlement through the planning process. Altogether there are 2,458 single family homes proposed plus more than 160 apartments.

One is Machado Estates on 160 acres sandwiched between Terra Ranch and Airport Way. It is envisioned for 560 single family homes.

The other is The Trails near the western end of Woodward Avenue directly south of the former site of the Manteca waterslides.

It is proposed for 1,471 single family homes.

It takes a typical project roughly two to three years to get through the entitlement and environmental phases to be prepared to turn dirt.