Plans & Policies
What is this service?
Housing plans and policies are created and updated by staff to pursue fair, equal, and affordable housing opportunities for residents in the County.
The housing team is responsible for drafting a 5-year Consolidated Plan, as well as annual Action Plans, on behalf of the Urban County and the unincorporated areas of the County for federal grant programs. Other plans include the Participation Plan and the Assessment of Fair Housing. Additionally, the Housing Team develops and maintains housing ordinances and other policies to manage affordable housing availability and opportunities in the County, like the Housing Element and Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (Title 29).
Every five years, the Urban County of San Luis Obispo (comprised of the county of San Luis Obispo and the cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo) prepares a five-year strategic plan called the Consolidated Plan. The purpose of the Consolidated Plan is to identify affordable housing and community needs faced by the Urban County which may be addressed by investing federal funds, including the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME), and the Emergency Solutions Grant program (ESG).
2015-2019 CONSOLIDATED PLAN GOALS
- Create housing opportunities for residents
- Preserve and maintain existing affordable housing
- Reducing and ending homelessness
- Create a suitable living environment through public services
- Stabilize and revitalize diverse neighborhoods
Annual Action Plans provide a concise summary of the actions and activities to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan, along with the specific federal and non-federal monetary resources that will be used each year.
The Participation Plan provides strategies for community participation in the planning processes of HUD-related documents and plans, such as the Consolidated Plan, Action Plans, Assessment of Fair Housing, and the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
Assessment of Fair Housing Program
Federal and state laws provide that it is unlawful “to discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of race, color, religion, sex, marital statues, handicap, national origin or ancestry.” The County of San Luis Obispo, in coordination with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), strives to reduce housing discrimination in the housing rental, sales, lending, and insurance markets in compliance with the Fair Housing Act.
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance stipulates that development projects reserve a portion of units be restricted for occupancy by workforce-moderate, low, or very-low income households. Developers may opt out of reserving affordable units by paying in-lieu fees. This user guide provides a brief summary of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. The Implementation Guidelines Manual provides sample projects, fee calculations, and fee schedules. It also provides standards for income verification, monitoring of rental and ownership units, and unit resale.
The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance has not yet been approved by the Coastal Commission. As such, the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance only applies to the inland portions of the County. The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance can be found in Title 22 (Section 22.12.080) and Title 29 - Affordable Housing Fund.
The Housing Element is one of seven required elements of the County's General Plan. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the provision of needed housing in the context of the Land Use Element of the General Plan and related ordinances. Its secondary purpose is to meet the requirements of state law and achieve certification by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which in turn will help the County qualify for certain funding programs offered by the State. The State now requires an update to the Housing Element every eight years.
The 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness
The 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness and its appendices are a result of collaboration between the County, cities, agencies, and individuals throughout San Luis Obispo County to improve the County's approach to homelessness. The 2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Census & Survey Comprehensive Report provides a snapshot of the County's homeless population. The report is updated every 2 years.
One of the collaborating agencies is the Homeless Services Oversight Council (HSOC), an advisory committee created by the County of San Luis Obispo. The committee consists of twenty-seven members including a representative from each city council and the Board of Supervisors, County government service providers, non-profit service providers, affordable housing developers, local businesses, law enforcement, academic institutions, a local health provider, the faith community, a homeless or formerly homeless person, and interested community members.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some highlights of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance?
- Applicability: Residential projects with two ore more units, or commercial projects of 5,000 square-feet or more in size.
- Exemptions: Single family dwellings on existing lots, public facilities & churches, secondary dwellings.
- Options: Build affordable housing units, or pay a fee, or donate land.
- Incentives: One bonus unit for each affordable housing unit, and lower requirements if the project includes on-site affordable housing.
What can I do if I have a dispute with my tenant/landlord?
Contacts for Tenant/Landlord Disputes
|California Rural Legal Assistance
||Assistance for low-income households
|SLO County District Attorney
||Can help with getting a tenant's deposit back
||Free mediation service
|State Department of Consumer Affairs
||Serving California's consumers
What can I do if I have been discriminated against by my landlord or real estate agent?
The Rental Clinic is available to all county residents and is located in the Superior Court buildings in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. For the date and time of the nearest Rental Clinic, call California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) at (805) 544-7997.
Low or very low income residents should contact:
- California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) - (805) 544-7994
Moderate income residents should contact:
- California Fair Employment and Housing Department (Ventura) - (800) 884-1684
- United States - Housing & Urban Development - Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity (Los Angeles) - (213) 894-8000
Senior citizens should contact:
- Senior Legal Services - (805) 543-5140
- Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens - (805) 928-2552 or (800) 510-2020 (Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties only)