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Manteca may add 88 acres along Woodward Avenue
The red and yellow depicts the 88 acres proposed for annexation to Manteca with the yellow specifically delineating the proposed Silva Estates housing project. - photo by RYAN BALBUENA/The Bulletin
Manteca could grow by 88 acres on Friday.

That is when the San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission is considering a proposal to add 88 acres to Manteca that border the southern edge of Woodward Avenue and straddle South Union Road.

The commission meets at 10 a.m. Friday in the Board of Supervisors chambers on the sixth floor of the county courthouse, 44 N. San Joaquin St. in downtown Stockton.

The proposal includes de-annexing the land from the Lathrop Manteca Fire District.

The Manteca Planning Commission, in recommending the annexation, also approved a tentative map to allow 93 homes to be built on 24 of those acres.

The homes are planned by Anderson Homes on the eastern most portion of the land being annexed. It will involve extending Pagola Avenue that fronts Veritas School to the south of Woodward Avenue. Silva Estates also will touch the northern most edge of the Manteca Unified School District’s site for a fourth Manteca comprehensive high school.

Initially only the land where Anderson Homes wants to build Silva Estates was proposed for annexation. Local Agency Formation Commission policy though discourages creation of islands or piece meal annexations. Instead the agency that must approve any changes in a jurisdiction’s boundaries favors annexations that are logical and don’t leave gaps.

Surrounding property owners have agreed to be annexed although there are no plans at the moment to develop the other parcels.

Even though Manteca has roughly 800 finished lots still available for new home building, the project won’t create a surplus of available lots in the current market.

That is because it takes at least three to four years to move a project through the process to the point it can break ground. The earliest any activity in terms of physically preparing the 24 acres for home construction could take place is 2013.

At Manteca’s current pace of home construction it will take about three years to exhaust the current supply of buildable residential lots that have services and streets already in place.