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San Luis Obispo County, California


Housing Element

Adopted Housing Element Lachen Tara 2

The County's Housing Element 2009-2014 is now available online.  The Board of Supervisors adopted the Housing Element on August 25, 2009 and amended the Element on December 8, 2009.  The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) subsequently certified the Housing Element as complying with housing element law (see the certification letter here). 

Housing Element Update

What is the Housing Element?

The Housing Element is one element of the County General Plan. The purpose of the Housing Element is to facilitate the provision of needed housing for existing and future residents of the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County through programs and policies. The Housing Element Update covers a five year time period, 2009-2014.

Who are we planning for?

The needs of extremely low, very low, low and moderate income households in addition to above moderate households must be planned for in the Housing Element. An average family of 4 persons earning between $21,250-$84,950 are included in the extremely low to moderate income range (August, 2009).

How much land does the County have to plan for?

The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) determines the countywide allocation of units that jurisdictions must plan for. HCD allocated 4,885 units countywide, including the city allocations. SLOCOG then allocated each jurisdiction’s share through a methodology committee. The Regional Housing Needs Plan adopted by SLOCOG in 2008 can be viewed on . The unincorporated County’s share is 1,295 units, broken down as follows:


Income Category

Number of New Units

% of New Units

Very Low









Above Moderate







Do you have questions about the Housing Element?

Email Morgan Torell, project manager, at


Housing Element Presentations, Workshops, and Hearings

Past hearings

July 6, 2009 Planning Commission
August 11, 2009 Board of Supervisors
August 25, 2009 Board of Supervisors
December 8, 2009 Board of Supervisors

Past Presentations and Workshops

October 15, 2008:  Creston Advisory Body at Creston Church 7:00 PM
October 20, 2008:  Oceano Advisory Council at OCSD Board Room 6:30 PM
October 22, 2008:  San Miguel Advisory Council at Community Center, L & 12th Streets  7:30 PM
November 05, 2008:  Shandon Advisory Council at Senior House, 101 W. Centre 7:00 PM
November 10, 2008:  Avila Valley Advisory Council at PG&E Comm. Room, 6588 Ontario 7:00 PM
November 12, 2008:  Santa Margarita Area Advisory at the School Library 22070 H St., 7:00 PM
November 19, 2008:  North Coast Advisory Council at Mid State Bank, Cambria 7:00 PM
November 20, 2008:  Templeton Area Advisory Group at Templeton CSD, 420 Crocker 7:00 PM
November 24, 2008: South County Advisory Council at NCSD 6:30 PM
December 8, 2008: City/County Library public workshop, 995 Palm St. , San Luis Obispo, 6:00 pm
December 18, 2008:  Los Osos Community Advisory Council at South Bay Community Center, 7:00 PM
March 12, 2009: Planning Commission Study Session
April 22, 2009: City/County Library, 995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, 6:30 pm
April 29, 2009: South County Regional Center, 800 West Branch St., Arroyo Grande, CA, 6:30 pm
May 6, 2009: Templeton Community Services District Board Room, 420 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA, 6:30 pm

For more information contact Morgan Torell, Planner III, (805)781-5113 or