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Expansion goal: Reduce economic, physical impacts of foreclosures
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A proposed expanded redevelopment agency that would encompass nine more areas of Manteca is targeting five goals including reducing the physical and economic impact of foreclosures.

The Manteca Planning Commission on Tuesday will decide whether the RDA proposal conforms to the city’s general plan objectives that serve as Manteca’s blueprint for growth.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.    

The other four goals are:

•providing housing assistance especially for low- and moderate-income families.

•promote and facilitate economic development and job growth.

•upgrade public facilities and infrastructure.

•improve the quality of life for residents, businesses, and property owners within the boundaries of the proposed RDA expansion and the city overall.

The areas being targeted for the RDA expansion are:

•The neighborhoods on the southeast corner of the Airport Way and 120 Bypass interchange.

•The strip of land zoned for more than 400 apartments along Atherton Drive east of Van Ryn Avenue.

•El Rancho Mobile Home Park and a large swath of semi-rural land generally on the northeast quadrant of the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 interchange.

•The neighborhoods between South Main Street, Manteca High, Yosemite Avenue and Moffat Boulevard.

•The neighborhood consisting primarily of duplexes and four-plexes immediately east of Doctors Hospital of Manteca.

•The neighborhood and apartments - including the Cherry Lane condos and two other complexes east of Union Road, south of the railroad tracks, west of Walnut Avenue and north of Center excluding the office complexes and city hall.

•The 1970s neighborhoods south of Louise Avenue between the railroads tracks and North Main Street.

•Northeast Manteca neighborhoods east of the Tidewater Bike Path and north of Joseph Road.

•Homes and property fronting the north side of Lathrop Road on both sides of Union Road.

The plan is to conduct two workshops on March 30 and April 7 for property owners in the proposed RDA project area prior to the formal public hearing on April 19.

Property owners in the impacted area will be mailed a map of the RDA expansion, notice for the public hearing, a statement regarding the project area, and what is called a citizens’ guide to understanding redevelopment.

At the hearing the city will delineate exactly how they determined the blight status of the impacted areas. The workshops are designed to answer questions impacted property owners may have.

The plan that the RDA commission is advancing specially prohibits the use of eminent domain for the taking of property within the new area.

Expansion of the RDA will not change the tax rate. The only impact on an owner’s property tax bill is where the property tax dollars will go.

Manteca typically gets only 10 cents of every dollar in property tax collected on property not included in an RDA project and 80 cents on the dollar from those that are within the boundaries of an RDA area. That 80 cents includes both RDA tax increment and general fund revenue.