County Board Approves Regional Compact for Affordable Housing
Author: Administrative Office
2/27/2020 8:15:45 AM
The County Board of Supervisors is the first of nine local legislative bodies to approve a San Luis Obispo Countywide Regional Compact.
On Feb. 25, 2020, the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors became the first of nine local legislative bodies to approve a San Luis Obispo Countywide Regional Compact on housing and infrastructure that will help the region plan for 10,810 new housing units by 2028, required by the State of California.
The eight other local government agencies, including all seven Cities and the Council of Government within the San Luis Obispo County region, will also consider approving the regional compact at their respective public meetings in the coming weeks. The regional compact will help the nine local government agencies unite around six shared regional goals as they collaborate to develop plans, strategies and actions that will focus on how to address critical housing and infrastructure challenges.
“Meeting the housing needs of the San Luis Obispo County region is a challenge shared by all and will take collective actions to overcome,” said Carolyn Berg, the County’s Principal Administrative Analyst developing the Regional Infrastructure and Housing Strategic Action Plan. “With this great challenge also comes an opportunity for regional collaboration.”
This compact sets the tone and goals for future recommended plans and actions among the local agencies. It recognizes that people, water, transportation, connectivity, and housing form the foundation of the San Luis Obispo County region’s healthy, livable communities and thriving economic opportunity.
“Prioritizing investment in infrastructure and housing will be key to meeting the State’s requirements,” Berg said.
Over the past several years, the Governor and State Legislature have enacted numerous bills that encourage local agencies to take actions to streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production.
More information about the Regional Infrastructure and Affordable Housing Strategic Plan can be found at www.slocounty.ca.gov/slohousinghub.