Community Engagement

2020-2028 Housing Element Implementation

2020-2028 Housing Element Implementation Framework

On March 12, 2024, the Board of Supervisors considered a board-requested housing policy review conducted by the Department of Planning and Building, which included a recommended Housing Element implementation framework for the next four years. The Board provided input and directed staff to implement the Housing Element in accordance with the modified framework. Implementation is targeted to begin July 2024. All items will return to the Board of Supervisors for final action.


Please contact Planner Claire Momberger at [email protected] with any questions or to be added to an interested parties contact list for specific framework actions.

Dana Reserve Specific Plan

The 2024 Dana Reserve Specific Plan  would allow for the phased development of a 288-acre master-planned community with up to 1,370 residential units, 110,000-203,000 square feet of commercial and non-residential (Visitor Serving/Hotel, Education) floor area, a minimum of 55.6 acres of open space and 6.3 acres of recreation, and related circulation and infrastructure. The project also includes a County-initiated General Plan and Ordinance Amendment to change the land use categories within the specific plan area and to incorporate the property into the Nipomo Urban Reserve Line (URL), and to ensure the General Plan is consistent with the DRSP. The project would require annexation into the Nipomo Community Services District service area to facilitate the provision of water and wastewater services to the project. The project site is located in the Residential Rural land use category, west of US 101, east of Hetrick Avenue, and adjacent to the Nipomo URL. The project is located within the South County Inland Sub Area of the South County Planning Area.

Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery Demolition and Remediation Project

Santa Maria Oil Refinery

On August 15, 2022, Phillips 66 Company (Phillips 66) applied to the County of San Luis Obispo for approval of a Development Plan and Coastal Development Permit (DP/CDP) to demolish the Santa Maria Refinery (SMR) facility and remediate the site located at 2555 Willow Road in Arroyo Grande, California. 

The County application, C-DRC2022-00048 Phillips 66 SMR Demolition and Remediation Project (SMR Project), was accepted for processing on March 15, 2023, initiating an environmental review process as required under the California Environmental Quality Act.  

Environmental Impact Report

On March 22, 2024, the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Santa Maria Refinery Demolition and Remediation Project was released for 45-day public review. The Notice of Availability can be accessed here.

The complete Draft EIR can be accessed here.

Individual sections of the Draft EIR and the Appendices can be accessed here.

The comment period on the Draft EIR closed on May 6, 2024. The comments received can be accessed here.

The County and its consultant, MRS Environmental, are in the process of responding to comments received and making any necessary edits to the Draft EIR. The Final EIR comprising responses to the Draft EIR comments and edits to the Draft EIR will be issued in late summer 2024. The Final EIR and Santa Maria Refinery Demolition and Remediation Project will then be brought to the Planning Commission for its consideration. It is anticipated this will occur in late summer/early fall 2024.

Diablo Canyon Power Plant Extended Operations

Diablo Canyon From OceanOn September 2, 2022, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 846 into law, providing a path for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to extend operations at its Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) beyond the current expected closures of 2024 (Unit 1) and 2025 (Unit 2). There are numerous provisions in the new law that require proceedings spanning multiple State and Federal agencies. Links to the various agencies proceedings are provided below in the Frequently Asked Questions section. See "Which Agencies are involved in implementing SB 846".

Los Osos Community Plan Update

The Department of Planning & Building was authorized to update the Los Osos Community Plan of the County’s General Plan and Local Coastal Plan on December 11, 2012.

The Community Plan is the official plan for land use and transportation in Los Osos which determines how the community will grow and develop over the next 20 years. The update will focus on protecting resources and providing adequate infrastructure.


The Board of Supervisors Adopted Plan is now available for public review: 


Los Osos Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

The County obtained a programmatic incidental take permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in February 2024 for a term of 25 years to authorize take of covered species associated with covered activities in the Los Osos Habitat Conservation Plan area, which is approximately 3,644 acres bounded by the Los Osos Urban Reserve Line. As the permittee, the County has the ability to issue Certificates of Inclusion to confer incidental take coverage to landowners and other entities if their proposed activities are covered under the incidental take permit and they agree to satisfy all applicable conditions in accordance with the incidental take permit.

Project files listed below:
Los Osos Habitat Conservation Plan
LOHCP Appendices

Further updates will be posted and/or linked on this page as available. 

This (and additional) information is available online via the US Fish and Wildlife Services (Ventura Office) by clicking here. 

Community Advisory Council Support

The Board of Supervisors has authorized eleven Community Advisory Councils (CAC) comprised of residents who volunteer their time to represent their community's interests within the County planning process. The Department of Planning & Building assigns a staff liaison to each community advisory council, who serves as a contact between the community and the Department.

The CAC Handbook defines the roles of CACs in the planning process and provides guidelines for parliamentary procedure.

Airport Land Use Commission

The San Luis Obispo County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) is an independent body of seven members which has been created in response to the mandates of The State Aeronautics Act, first enacted in 1967. Although the Airport Land Use Commission, by law, receives technical support from the County of San Luis Obispo, it is an autonomous body and is not part of any local governmental structure.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a five-member body appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Its primary role is to consider how land use decisions affect the County. In this role, the Commission has review and approval authority for tract maps, conditional use permits, and variances and is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding plan and ordinance updates.

To send an email to the Planning Commission please email Daniela Chavez and she will forward your message to the proper recipient. 

Planning Department Hearing

Planning Department hearings are overseen by a hearing officer acting on behalf of the Director of Planning & Building.

To send an email to the Planning Commission please email Daniela Chavez and she will forward your message to the proper recipient. 

Subdivision Review Board

The Subdivision Review Board is a review authority and decision making body that acts on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. It consists of appointed staff members from the Department of Planning & Building, the Department of Public Works, Health Agency or Public Health, and the Air Pollution Control District.