you're thinking about developing housing in San Luis Obispo, the
City offers a range of affordable housing incentives that may be of
interest. The Affordable Housing Incentives are part of the City's
Municipal Code (Ch. 17.90) and describe benefits available to
affordable housing developers. Incentives include residential density bonuses, fee reductions or
waivers, city installation of off-site improvements, direct city
financial assistance, subdivision, zoning or other exceptions to city
standards and other incentives that may be negotiated between the City
example, the incentives allow a residential density bonus by right
of at least 25 percent for projects of five or more dwellings in which
at least 20 percent of the units will be sold or rented at prices
affordable to seniors or to very-low, low or moderate income persons.
specific incentives include:
of Development Review and Meter Installation Fees for Affordable
In 1995, Council adopted Resolution No. 8415 which exempts
very-low and low income affordable housing developments from all
planning, building or engineering development review fees.
Parking Standards for Affordable Housing
Under City Zoning Regulations, housing occupied exclusively by
very low or low-income households, as defined by the State, requires
one car and one bicycle space per dwelling unit.
Assistance Program for Low-Income Residents
The City helps low-income residents with their utility costs
through a Low Income Assistance Program, consisting of:
1) Rate Assistance. There
is a 15% reduction of the standard rate for water and sewer for
qualified, low income customers.
2) Payment Assistance. Economic
Opportunity Commission (EOC) administers the Payment Assistance
Program. Customers are eligible once, every two years, to have one
billing period paid depending on the availability of funds; and 3)
Water Efficiency Assistance. Utilities
Conservation staff provides customers receiving either Rate Assistance
or Payment Assistance with free information and water audit services
to help control the cost of their water bills.
For more information on the Payment Assistance Program, call
the EOC offices at (805) 541-4122.
Affordable Housing Fund
Housing Fund, established in March 1999, provides a fund for the
collection of in-lieu housing impact fees.
Funds are then used to help build affordable housing projects
citywide. The City
Council determines how the funds will be used, based on award
procedures and criteria adopted by
Council in December 2001 (Council Resolution 9263).
Anyone may request affordable housing funds for the development of
affordable housing projects.
Council uses the following criteria for evaluating requests for use of
the Affordable Housing Fund:
Use of the Affordable Housing Fund for the requested
purpose will increase or improve affordable housing and promote
General Plan policies regarding housing and related community
The project to be assisted is appropriate for its location,
both in terms of land use and design.
There exists an urgent or overarching need for the type of
housing to be assisted.
for the requested assistance, the project would not be
economically feasible; or AHF funding “leverages” significant
additional funding from other sources.
The project has all necessary City approvals and is ready
March 1999, San Luis Obispo adopted the first inclusionary housing
program in the County.
The new program was designed to expand the number and type of
dwellings affordable to households in the
program is part of the City's Municipal Code (SLOMC
17.91) and requires most new residential and commercial development to
contribute to affordable housing, either by constructing affordable
housing with the project or by paying an “in-lieu” fee to the
City's Affordable Housing Fund to help affordable housing
development throughout the City.
The program applies to both residential and commercial
If you are
contemplating development in the City and want to know how the
Inclusionary Housing Requirement is going to effect your project,
contact Tyler Corey, Housing Programs Manager with the Community Development
Department, at (805) 781-7169, or via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.