Bought out
Mar 12, 2008 | 240 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Fewer than 20 percent of the 1,315 homes built in Patterson since 2003 are affordable for people making a typical Stanislaus County wage, according to a report from the Patterson Community Development Department.

Patterson’s Planning Commission will review the report at its Thursday meeting.

The study tracks the estimated values of new homes and compares them with the median incomes of people in the county. The median income for a family of four in Stanislaus County is $56,000, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Based on that income, the family could afford to pay about $1,400 a month, 30 percent of its income, for housing.

During the past five years, 78 percent of new homes were affordable only to people making more than the typical county wage.

Land exchange

The commission will consider reparceling 18.86 acres of land along Olive Avenue north of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The city of Patterson is requesting the changes so it can eventually trade the land as part of a legal settlement. The city was sued after expanding the plant in 2005 because a property owner claimed the plant diminished his property’s value. City officials agreed to exchange about $350,000 worth of the city’s land for some of the property owner’s land of equal value, City Attorney George Logan explained this week. If the exchange goes forward, the former city land would fall under county jurisdiction, and four homes could be built on it, city planner Joel Andrews said.

In other commission matters
  • An applicant who wants to open a thrift store at 216 I St. will ask for planning commission approval.
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