Elements & Mitigation Plan Update
These project updates will utilize the latest updated hazard mapping resources, consistent with state law and federal requirements, and will lead to the implementation of effective mitigation projects and climate adaptation strategies. The County and its jurisdictions will utilize this new Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) and Safety Element Update to address hazards in a coordinated effort using a whole community approach that will be built on the public’s participation in the planning process.
As part of the planning process, other local agencies, neighboring jurisdictions, and stakeholders are involved to raise awareness of this effort and provide an opportunity for input. In addition, an objective of this outreach is to coordinate with those who may bring additional information to the planning process regarding hazard issues or hazard mitigation efforts within the County.
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
The County is currently updating the 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The LHMP works in conjunction with other County plans, including the General Plan, and other hazard mitigation plans developed for specific programs such as flood control and fire prevention.
The County of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and the Cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo all have existing LHMPs that need to be reviewed and revised every five years. The development of a new Multi-Jurisdictional LHMP will enable all participating jurisdictions to update and enhance their LHMPs in a combined and coordinated approach. This project will also include the following districts:
- Eight Community Service Districts: Avila Beach, Ground Squirrel Hollow, Heritage Ranch, Los Osos, Nipomo, San Miguel, San Simeon, Templeton
- Three other Special Districts: San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Cayucos Sanitary District, Port San Luis Harbor District
- Incorporation of the Oceano Community Service District LHMP, which is concurrently being developed separately.
The County LHMP will allow the region to mitigate the impacts of hazards based on current and expected future conditions, creating a more resilient county in the face of increasingly severe, frequent, and costly disasters.
Safety Element Update – General Plan
The County is also embarking on an update to the General Plan’s 1999 Safety Element. While the Safety Element Update and LHMP have different requirements, the subject material overlaps significantly. The County desires the two plans to be consistent and mutually reinforcing.
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)
The Safety Element Update will help the County plan for a prosperous community.
Comment and questions regarding the Safety Element update may be submitted via email to Jillian Ferguson at [email protected] or mailed to the following address:
Department of Planning and Building
ATTN: Safety Element Update/Jillian Ferguson
976 Osos Street, Room 300
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Opportunities For Input
The County will host two public workshops. These workshops will allow for the community to share input, comments, concerns and ideas. Workshop dates will be posted in this section of the webpage and updated as new information becomes available.
The first public workshop will be Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the San Luis Obispo Library.
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