WHAT IS THE HOUSING ELEMENT
As one (1) of the required elements of the County of San Luis Obispo General Plan, the Housing Element is the overarching strategic housing plan for the unincorporated county. It serves four (4) main purposes:
- Establish Framework. Provide the framework to facilitate housing development and address current and projected housing needs. This framework will shape how the unincorporated county will grow, from a housing standpoint, through 2028. The framework comprises the Housing Element goal, objectives, policies, and programs.
- Assess Housing Needs. Provide an assessment of the housing needs for the unincorporated county, along with information on demographics, trends, and other housing-related data.
- Report on Progress. Report on the County’s progress in implementing the programs of the previous Housing Element (2014-2019 Housing Element).
- Qualify for Funding. Qualify the County for certain funding programs offered by the State of California. This requires the Housing Element to satisfy State Housing Element Law and achieve State certification. The process includes addressing the unincorporated county’s share of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation and establishing an inventory of sites for potential housing development.
Although each local government within San Luis Obispo County – the unincorporated county and each of the seven (7) incorporated cities – has its own Housing Element to address housing needs within their respective jurisdictional boundaries, the County and the incorporated cities have been working together to apply a coordinated regional approach to addressing housing needs throughout San Luis Obispo County. In addition to working with the incorporated cities, the County is seeking input from the public, stakeholders, and industry professionals, such as the Housing Coalition, to develop this Housing Element.
PURPOSE OF UPDATING THE HOUSING ELEMENT
The unincorporated county setting is dynamic and the demand for housing continues to increase. As such, the framework needs to adapt in order to properly serve current and future residents of the unincorporated county. The Housing Element update process allows the public, stakeholders, developers, decision makers, and staff to work together to develop a framework that achieves this purpose.
Generally, the State requires the Housing Element to be updated every eight (8) years. This Housing Element will guide planning, development, and funding related to housing, through December 2028. At the end of this eight (8) year planning period, the Housing Element will be updated once again.
Please submit comments and questions regarding the Housing Element Update to Cory Hanh (Project Manager).
Email: [email protected]
Mail: Department of Planning and Building
Attn: Cory Hanh / Housing Element Update
976 Osos Street, Room 300
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Initial Study Available for Review
An Initial Study for the Housing Element Update (Reference LRP2019-00004) has been prepared and is available for download and review via the CSS Portal by clicking here.
This document has also been submitted to the Office of Planning and Research State Clearinghouse for state agency review, and can be referenced online via the CEQAnet database (Reference SCH # 2020070537). The 30-day review period begins 7/31/2020 and ends 08/31/2020.
Public Review Draft
The Public Review Draft of the 2020-2028 Housing Element is available for review. Please submit comments and questions to the Project Contact (above) by Wednesday, August 12, 2020.