Agricultural Worker Housing Ordinance
As part of the Housing Package, the Board of Supervisors has directed staff to revise the Farm Support Quarters Ordinance to incentivize and remove barriers for developing farmworker housing on agricultural land and in surrounding communities. Agricultural workers generally have special housing needs due to their limited income and the seasonal nature of their employment. The chronic under supply of housing that is affordable and suitable for locally employed farmworkers has economic, social, and environmental impacts.
On Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, the County held an Agricultural Worker Housing Workshop to discuss the framework of the ordinance. The discussion focused on current developmental barriers on the permitting process, allowable density, location of housing, minimum lot size, and design of agricultural worker housing. There was general support to eliminate the required distance to agricultural use, to remove the minimum lot size for Group Quarters, and to include livability considerations. The theme of the conversation was to make it easier to build agricultural worker housing in Rural and Agricultural land use categories so pressure and demand in urban areas may be reduced.
County staff will use feedback from this workshop to assist in drafting the ordinance.
Comments and questions regarding the proposed ordinance may be submitted via email to or mailed to the following address:
Department of Planning & Building
ATTN: Agricultural Worker Housing Ordinance/Brian Pedrotti
976 Osos Street, Room 300
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
|Research and Summary Report
|Public Review Drafts
|Public Hearing Draft
|Planning Commission Recommendation
|Board of Supervisors Adoption
|Inland Ordinance Effective Date
|Coastal Zone Ordinance Effective Date
||Fall to Winter 2019
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