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Final Public Draft of the Downtown Concept Plan Available for Review

Post Date:07/31/2017 10:24 AM

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the Planning Commission provided input on the Final Public Draft of the Downtown Concept Plan and unanimously recommended adoption of the plan to the City Council for their consideration on September 5, 2017.

The Downtown Concept Plan is the community’s long-range vision for San Luis Obispo’s downtown, providing a road map for future public projects and guidance for private development. The project has been underway since December, 2015, and was split into four phases, as shown in the planning process graphic below:

outreach process graphic_7.3.17

Approximately 150 people participated in the project's third public workshop to review key components of the draft plan this past February. Following the workshop, six different City Advisory Bodies reviewed and provided input on the Draft Downtown Concept Plan. The project is now at the end of the public hearing stage of Phase 4, and nearing completion.

With guidance from the project's Creative Vision Team (CVT), staff and consultants incorporated the input received and revised the Draft Downtown Concept Plan Supplement and Poster. On July 12, after 20 months of work, the project's 10-person advisory body, the Creative Vision Team, unanimously endorsed the Final Public Draft of the Downtown Concept Plan supplement and poster. On July 26, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended adoption of the plan by the City Council.

Downtown Concept Plan Supplement:

DTCP cover

Downtown Concept Plan Poster:


Thank you to all of the community members who have participated in the update of the Downtown Concept Plan!

We invite you to review and provide input on the final public draft and attend the City Council Meeting on September 5th at 6 pm in the Council Chambers. The Council staff report will be available online prior to the meeting.

For more information on the Downtown Concept Plan project, feel free to review the Planning Commission staff report, go to the project page at, or contact Associate Planner Rebecca Gershow at, or 805-781-7011.