The San Luis County Board of Supervisors will begin hearings on August 9, 2007 to consider proposed affordable housing ordinances. On July 16, 2007, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department sent out letters to property owners on or near Hill Street. A copy of that letter follows:
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Based on this letter, it looks like the planning department plans to recommend to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors that they approve an up zoning of the current residential multi-family zoning to allow up to 20 units on one acre parcels. It also would mandate that a vacant half acre parcel be required to have 10 units, if developed.
This could dramatically increase the potential number of lower income affordable housing in an area already over burdened by insufficient infrastructure. Some questions that come to my mind include:
1. Can the County quantify what it meas by a shortage of affordable housing?
2. Can the County define the geographic areas where there is a shortage of affordable housing?
3. How did the planning department identify the parcels located on Hill Street in Nipomo as appropriate for possible zoning changes?
4. What other communities in San Luis Obispo County are being considered for similar re-zoning?
5. The letter indicates there are 50 such parcels that may be suitable for this re-zoning. Can the County identify with particularity all the communities where they are located?
6. Is there an online link to the EIR referenced in the letter?
7. Is the county’s response to this “shortage” mandated by state requirements in anyway?
I’m sure there are many other questions that the County should answer. If you can think of any, feel free to send them along to Mr. Bench. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would also mark the August 9, 2007 hearing dates for the Board of Supervisors.