The Westside Industrial Specific Plan includes 2,600 acres that will accommodate and nurture the development of a major industrial/commercial center in Turlock’s industrial west side. The city of Turlock has prepared WISP to facilitate economic and job development through orderly growth and development. The plan was prepared during a time of significant change in the structure of the national economy. The plan was adopted in 2006. A Certified Environmental Impact Report has also been adopted, saving significant time and money for those that want to develop.
Many types of manufacturing jobs have declined nationally or have been transferred elsewhere. However, the essential need for food and agricultural products indicate an opportunity to create a center for an enduring and sustainable economy based on agricultural products and related processes and services. It is anticipated that the benefits available from WISP and the Enterprise Zone will stimulate industrial development.
In addition to the development of WISP, the city has invested $15 million in backbone infrastructure improvements to provide “shovel ready” sites for industrial development.
A significant portion of the Greater Turlock Area, including the entire WISP area, is located in Stanislaus County’s Enterprise Zone. The Enterprise Zone is a state-sponsored tax benefit program designed to reduce the cost of doing business.
There are several areas in Turlock designated for retail and office use, including a recently renovated and viable downtown area property along Hwy. 99 and areas near Emanuel Medical Center, as well as commercial areas on Geer Rd., Golden State Blvd. and Countryside Plaza. The downtown area has several multi-story buildings with upper stories zoned for commercial, office and residential use.
ENTERPRISE ZONE 40
California Enterprise Zones were established to stimulate economic development in certain areas of the state. Location 40 affords businesses a number of beneficial tax credits, deductions and incentives that reduce the cost of hiring new employees and investing in equipment in the Stanislaus Enterprise Zone. For more information please visit Stanislaus Alliance, www.stanalliance.com.