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The City prepares and maintains long-range plans. These plans forecast future conditions and needs, identify community concerns, and provide strategies to meet adopted goals. They also establish policies and standards for day-to-day decision making. These plans guide the City's physical development and how the City plays its roles within the region, state, and nation. The Long-Range Planning Division helps prepare, maintain, and implement long-range plans. It also oversees the City's Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and staffs the City's Cultural Heritage Committee.

The General Plan, because of its comprehensive scope and status under State law, is the City's primary long-range plan. the City also adopts and maintains other long-range plans for particular land areas or topics, such as specific plans and physical design plans. These plans, like the General Plan, guide decision-making.

We are updating the City's Housing Element!

For more information click here.

Key Long Range Planning Information


Cultural Heritage Committee

The Cultural Heritage Committee is responsible for researching, identifying, and protecting historic buildings, archaeological sites and cultural features.  The Committee meets on the fourth Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room, San Luis Obispo City Hall, 990 Palm Street.  The October 27th, 2008 meeting agenda includes several significant projects, including an a historic resources survey of the Little Italy neighborhood in the South Broad Street Corridor planning area, and an evaluation of the Mills Act Historic Preservation Program.  For more information on these and other CHC projects and programs, contact Jeff Hook, Senior Planner, at (805) 781-7176, or

Unified General Plan

Orcutt Area Specific Plan Information

South Broad Street Corridor Plan

Margarita Area and Airport Area Annexation Information


Archaeological Resource Preservation Program Guidelines Update

The City of San Luis Obispo is updating its Archaeological Resource Preservation Program Guidelines, originally adopted in 1995.  The original guidelines were adopted after extensive collaboration among archaeologists, developers, property owners, public agencies (e.g. Caltrans) and the Cultural Heritage Committee (CHC).  City efforts to clarify and strengthen archaeological preservation standards began in 1989, when the CHC approved interim guidelines.  The update closely follows the intent of the original guidelines and incorporates new guidelines to address changes in State law requiring Native American consultation on certain planning actions (SB 18). As with the current guidelines, the updated guidelines clarify how archaeological resources are identified, evaluated and preserved, pursuant to State law.  They will be used by applicants, staff, and decision-makers to help determine whether a project complies with City standards and with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  To review the Draft Archaeological Guidelines, click here

The City is soliciting public comments on the Draft document for 30 days, until Tuesday, May 27th.  As part of the public review process, the CHC is holding at least two public meetings on the Draft document:  Monday, April 28th when the draft will be introduced to the Committee, and on Tuesday, May 27th for possible final recommendation to the City Council.  CHC meeting are held at San Luis Obispo City Hall, 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, in the Council Hearing Room (Room 9).  The meetings start at 5:30 p.m., and the agendas are posted on the City's website at, by the Saturday before the meeting.  For more information on the process, click here to review the CHC agenda report.

 If you have questions, contact Jeff Hook at (805.781.7176), or Kim Murry, Deputy Director of Long-Range Planning, (805) 781-7274.  

2007 Annual Report on the General Plan

Historic Preservation Guidelines

Mills Act Preservation Program

Master List of Historic Resources - Updated July 2008

Contributing Properties List of Historic Resources - Updated April 2008


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