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County Takes Steps to Make Affordable Housing More Available

Author: Department of Planning & Building
Date: 3/20/2019 4:03:33 PM

As a next step in the effort to make affordable housing available to county residents, the Board of Supervisors amended the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance at the March 12, 2019 meeting.

The amended Inclusionary Housing Ordinance established a tiered rate structure for all new homes over 2,200 square feet in size. County Department of Planning and Building staff estimates the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance will create the availability of up to $1 million per year for nonprofits in the county to build affordable housing.

Under the direction of the Board of Supervisors, the County Department of Planning & Building has partnered with the Coalition of Housing Partners to develop solutions that would provide some relief from the current housing needs in San Luis Obispo County. At the Board’s direction, County Planning and Building staff have been working on updates to ordinances and researching additional funding sources. The amendment of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance is a step forward in the development of adding needed affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County.

At the March 12, 2019 meeting, the Board of Supervisors also amended the County’s CEQA (Environmental) guidelines, which will improve coordination between project applicants and the County during the environmental review process and, as a result, streamline housing construction.

This change to County policy is a helpful step with the creation of additional affordable housing in our community, but there are still steps to be taken. The Board directed County Planning and Building staff to present other funding and CEQA streamlining options at an upcoming meeting in July.