Headway on Housing

Join us in supporting new SLO County plan


Game-changing collaboration on housing in SLO County is taking a pivotal leap forward with a comprehensive new strategy for accelerating housing production.

The Regional Housing and Infrastructure Plan (HIP for short) builds on the trailblazing commitment by SLO County, all seven cities and the SLO Council of Governments in the 2020 Regional Compact to develop the housing supply and infrastructure needed to support economic prosperity — bringing in the research, analysis and cross-sector collaboration to put the commitment into action.

“It’s long been clear that no one entity can solve the region’s housing challenges,” REACH Executive Vice President Russ Levanway said. “By pulling together more than 150 stakeholders in local government, building and development, and housing advocacy groups with new studies and robust analysis, this approach holds great promise for moving the needle.”

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map of slo countyWhat’s in it: Central to the plan is a mapping tool that connects infrastructure and housing on a regional scale for the first-time, pinpointing the areas where new housing makes the most sense and allowing enabling infrastructure projects to be identified and prioritized.

Other elements include:

  • An Affordable by Design study, examining strategies for achieving lower price points on market-rate housing
  • An assessment of funding the region could pursue to develop priority infrastructure projects
  • A quick primer on the need for housing, affordability challenges, and recent progress across all 8 jurisdictions

Voice your support: The plan is making the rounds through the seven cities before coming up for adoption by SLOCOG and SLO County in August, providing several opportunities to make your voice heard. Each body offers several avenues for public comment — in person, by email, Zoom or phone.

“The availability and affordability of housing on the Central Coast affects everyone who lives and works here,” Levanway said, noting that conversations on the potential for a similar effort in Santa Barbara County are underway. “We urge anyone with an interest in the future of our region to show up and voice support for this plan.”




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