In 1994, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved an ambitious new town proposal called Mountain House. The site measures 7.5 square miles and is located in southwestern San Joaquin County about 50 miles east of San Francisco. Interstate 205 forms its southern boundary, and the nearest city, Tracy, is about 3.5 miles east. About 70% of the site, including land for the first phase is under the control of Tracy-based Trimark Communities, the master developer. The remaining land will be developed by others in accordance with county adopted plans. Access via interstate freeways and regional surface roads is excellent, and railroad service is available along the northern boundary.
Mountain House infrastructure began construction in the summer of 2000 with initial housing occupancy in spring of 2001.
THE COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT
The Mountain House Community Services District (MHCSD) provides construction and maintenance of streets in the community, flood control services and enforcement of codes and restrictions. The MHCSD also provides water services, sewer services, park development and maintenance, and police and fire services. Land use functions and building permits will remain under county authority. The MHCSD is able to budget and operate services more efficiently than could a community served by several separate utilities and services providers. The MHCSD will have the latitude to provide services in the most cost-effective way. Outside contract services, including contracts with other governmental agencies will be used when appropriate.