Planning & Building
James A. Bergman
Deputy Director, Permitting
Deputy Director, Policies and Programs
The County’s updated Element 2014-2019 is available online. The Board of Supervisors adopted it on June 17, 2014. The California Department of Housing and Community Development subsequently certified the updated Housing Element as complying with housing element law (see the certification letter here).
The Housing Element is one of seven required elements of the San Luis Obispo County General Plan. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the provision of needed housing in the context of the Land Use Element of the County General Plan and related ordinances. The secondary purpose is to meet the requirements of State law and achieve certification by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which in turn will help the County qualify for certain funding programs offered by the State. The State now requires an update to the Housing Element generally every eight years.
Affordable housing benefits the entire community in the following ways:
The term “affordable housing” refers to housing that households can rent or buy while keeping housing costs within certain limits. Housing is generally considered affordable if total housing costs do not exceed 30 percent of household income. The most commonly used categories of affordable housing include housing which is affordable to very low income, low income, or moderate income households. The County also adopted an extremely low income affordably housing category for households earning less than 30 percent of average median income and a workforce housing income category for workers earning up to 160 percent of median income. Information regarding income limits for each of the income categories and affordable rents or sales prices is available in the County’s Affordable Housing Standards Bulletin.
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