STOCKTON — With the prospect of new housing developments sprouting up in the city, the City Council is set to discuss pre-emptive measures Stockton can take to ensure city services aren’t overburdened.

The City Council will hear a presentation from city staff at tonight’s meeting about a policy that would establish a Community Facilities/Mello Roos district to offset the costs created by new residential development. Mello Roos — a form of financing used by cities, counties and special districts — would apply only to new housing in Stockton.

Matt Paulin, the city’s chief financial officer, said the local economy is improving to the point where developers want to start building residential units again, and with new housing come thousands of people and impacts to city service, such as police and fire, that are covered by the general fund.

Many communities have grappled with this, he said. Housing doesn’t pay for these increases. It ends up costing the cities to establish new housing, he added.

Mayor Michael Tubbs wrote in a Facebook post that the proposal would not be a new tax for existing homes or apply to infill development.

“Instead, it would protect existing homes from shouldering the service burden created by thousands of new homes,” he wrote.

While the new houses are needed, they also threaten to stretch city resources, he said. The addition of new homes creates a new demand for the city.

Staff will present the City Council with the concept of a citywide Mello Roos plan during the 5:30 p.m. meeting today at City Hall. The council will not be taking action on this issue.

Also tonight, the City Council will be deciding on whether to allow City Manager Kurt Wilson to present Gov. Jerry Brown with the city’s opportunity zone priorities map, which is intended to spur long-term investment in low-income communities. The deadline to submit is March 21.