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2,635 more homes
3 projects in southwest Manteca
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Manteca’s next big housing boom could take place in southwest Manteca.

Three developments are in various phases of the approval process are proposed on land south of Woodward Avenue and west of Airport Way. Altogether, 2,635 more homes are being proposed.

It includes The Trails of Manteca - the biggest completely residential housing project ever envisioned for the city.

A redesign on the acreage owned by Walnut Creek -based Baird Lands upped the number of proposed housing units at The Trails from 1,471 to 1,651 housing units to reflect the changing market.

The biggest community impact, though, may be a trail system covering 12 miles meandering through 75 acres of linear parks. The developer proposes connecting the trail system to the rest of the separated bicycle path system serving the city that is being built as development occurs.

The developer envisions 1,178 single family homes, 192 townhomes or garden apartments, and a 280-unit apartment complex. The Trails of Manteca consists of 477 acres located south of Woodward Avenue, north of the Reclamation District 17 dry cross-levee and east of Wetherbee Lake. The land is already in the Manteca city limits but needs to be withdrawn from the Williamson Act designed to protect farmland from development by providing a lower tax rate. It takes 10 years to withdraw from the Williamson Act without substantial penalties plus back taxes based on previous market rates.

The project will also include strengthening and widening a cross levee that was southwest Manteca’s last line of defense in the 1997 floods where upwards of 70 square miles were covered with water between Manteca and Tracy when levees failed on the San Joaquin and Stanislaus rivers.

The Manteca Planning Commission will conduct a scoping meeting and consider issuing a notice for preparation of the environmental impact report when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Michael Brandman Associates is being paid $203,100 for preparing the environmental impact report. The developer - Weatherbee Properties LCC - has agreed to pick up the tab so the study will cost Manteca nothing. The city, though, selected the consultant.

The other two projects in the area are:

•Machado Estates with 575 lots is located on the southwest corner of Airport Way and Woodward Avenue. The environmental impact report has been certified.

•Terra Ranch near McKinley Avenue and the Highway 120 Bypass. It features 209 single-family lots and a 200-unit apartment complex.