The Department of Planning and Building was authorized to update the Safety Element of the County’s General Plan on December 6, 2016. The Safety Element addresses a wide range of natural and human-caused hazards, and consists of goals and policies aimed to reduce the risks associated with these hazards such as loss of life, injuries, property damage, and economic and social dislocation. The update consists of a comprehensive update to the existing element, which was adopted in 1999. The update will comply with the following recently enacted State mandates:
- SB1241 – Fire Hazard Safety
- SB379 – Natural Hazard Adaptation and Resiliency
- AB2140 – Integration of Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)
Comment and questions regarding the Safety Element update may be submitted via email to Chris Read or mailed to the following address:
Department of Planning and Building
ATTN: Safety Element Update/Chris Read
976 Osos Street, Room 300
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
The Board of Supervisors adopted the last comprehensive update to the Safety Element of the County’s General Plan in December 1999. Much of the information is now outdated and certain sections must be updated to comply with State and Federal mandates.
In December 2013, a minor update added reference to the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to meet AB-2140 requirements to integrate the LHMP and the Safety Element. The County Office of Emergency Services is currently updating the LHMP in close coordination with the Safety Element update.
Most recently, on December 6, 2016, the Board of Supervisors authorized staff to update the Safety Element of the County’s General Plan to comply with State and Federal mandates and to update safety-related policies of the General Plan. The Safety Element is a state-mandated element of the County’s General Plan intended to address protection of the community from natural hazards such as wildland fires, urban fires, flooding, and geologic hazards. The update will integrate safety considerations into policy and decision-making processes.
Opportunities For Input
The County intends the updated Safety Element to be a community-supported plan that will minimize the risks associated with natural and human-caused hazards. Currently, the Department of Planning and Building is in the initial stages of the update and assessing the existing programs and policies of the Safety Element. Please note that there will be opportunities for the community to share input, comments, concerns, and ideas. Opportunities for input will be posted in this section of the webpage and updated as new information becomes available.