On May 21, 2013 Council approved the formation of the Neighborhood Wellness/Community Civility Working Group. This group comprised of Cal Poly University leadership, Cuesta College leadership, City staff, residents and students of both institutions has met regularly since October 2013. The Vision and Goals of the working group were established to guide the process:
Vision: A City in which year-round residents and students actively collaborate to build community and communicate in an environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding.
Goals: To enhance the quality of life for all residents, with particular emphasis on building positive relations between residential and student-aged neighbors through a cultural shift in social behaviors.
The Neighborhood Wellness/Community Civility Working Group identified six objectives to research and formulated recommendations that support the vision and goals as stated above:
- Define short-term actions that could be implemented to enhance quality of life for all residents particularly associated in the timeframe around the opening of the Cal Poly and Cuesta campuses at the beginning of the school year
- Define stakeholders’ needs and success
- Identify University/City best practices
- Review enforcement best practices
- Engage stakeholders: review current educational and information efforts
Prepare for sustained engagement to achieve desired vision and goals
Within the Neighborhood Wellness/Community Civility Working Group, smaller sub-committees formed to take ownership of the research and recommendations for each objective. Each monthly meeting in late 2014 through early 2015 was specifically dedicated for the group to discuss and refine the recommendations of each individual sub-committee and work towards consensus. The final report was presented to the San Luis Obispo City Council on May 19, 2015 and recommendations made in the report will be further vetted and acted upon in the coming months.