The closest Manteca neighborhood to the San Joaquin River ever to be built could see homes under construction by late 2021.
Developers of the 1,237-home Manteca Trails told the Manteca Planning Commission Tuesday they plan on starting infrastructure work this winter with a goal of home building getting underway within 6 to 8 months afterwards.
The project — which will also be the western most neighborhood that can ever be built in Manteca due to floodplain issues and flood protection plans — is at the western end of Woodward Avenue across from the gated Oakwood Shores neighborhood.
It is nestled against an existing dry levee that will be enhanced with rocks beneath it to absorb water to protect its integrity as well as widened to 50 feet. Space will be left if there is a need in the future to widen the levee further. The dry levee will be designed to allow recreational use on top of it which typically means an area for walkers, bicyclists, and joggers.
Woodward Avenue wraps around the northern and western edges of Manteca Trails before it turns into Williamson Road that leads to Turtle Beach RV Resort along the San Joaquin River.
Developers plan on building on the smaller 3,450-square-foot lots first. They expect the plans to range from a 1,400 square foot single story plan with three bedrooms and two baths with one bedroom having the option to be designed and built as a home office to two story homes with 2,000 to 2,400 square feet.
Toni Raymus of Raymus Homes told commissioners that as a local builder as part of a 75-year and counting family commitment to Manteca their goal is to offer attainable housing for those that work and live in Manteca. Other lots in the neighborhood will consist of 5,100 square feet, 6,120 square feet, and 10,000 square feet.
Originally a previous developer obtained approval for the project with 1,650 homes. The reconfiguration allows for the smaller lots aimed at a more attainable at-market home for buyers as well as larger lots aimed for the executive housing market. Both ends of the housing spectrum are in short supply in Manteca subdivisions now being built as well as other projects on the drawing board.
As redesigned Manteca Trails will be the first neighborhood of its kind to address both the lower and top end of the general housing market in significant numbers.
The future homeowners will be assessed $69 annual to cover the gap of funding needed to serve the neighborhood with police and fire that won’t be covered by the property and sales tax future residents will pay. That is in addition to community facilities district fees that will cover the upkeep and long-term replacement costs for common landscaping, neighborhood parks, and street lighting.
Developers expect to build 100 to 120 new homes a year with roughly a 15-year buildout.
The project with a larger number of housing units was approved nine years ago.
To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin