Board passes 2024 Action Plan with project allocations funded by Department of Housing and Urban Development

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — At the Tuesday, April 9, supervisors meeting, the San Luis Obispo County supervisors considered two projects under the 2024 General Plan Amendment (GPA). 

Residents Andrew and Merry Joslin requested that the land-use category be changed from Office and Professional to Residential Multi-Family on an approximately 0.13-acre piece of land. This would amend the Coastal Land Use Element of the County General Plan and Local Coastal Plan. They also asked for a planning area standard to disallow residential vacation rentals on the site. The land is located between 6th and 7th streets in Cayucos, address 673 S. Ocean Ave. The board was presented with the Joslin project at the Feb. 27 meeting and tentatively approved it.

The second amendment request had not been presented to the board previously. Resident Colter Negranti asked to amend the Inland Land Use Element of the County General Plan to change the land use from Residential Suburban to Multiple Use Industrial and Commercial Services. He also requested that the County Inland Land Use Ordinance be amended to add new planning area standards regarding discretionary land use permit requirements and establish water use limitations for non-agricultural uses on the site on 90 Wellsona Road near Paso Robles. 


The Negranti request would allow a large animal vet clinic on the property. Currently, the property has a single-family dwelling and a workshop. 

Staff recommended that the board adopt the resolution and approve both projects. The motion passed unanimously.

The board then held a hearing to consider resolutions in the 2024 Action Plan with project allocations funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as a resolution to a Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) for the unhoused population funded by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), and a resolution to approve 2024 General Fund projects that help programs and services for the unhoused community.

“As of today, HUD has not announced grant allocations for the 2024 Action Plan Program Year. However, Hud requires the 2024 Action Plan be submitted by May 16,” said Marge Castle, the Program Manager from the Department of Social Services Homeless Services Division. “Allocation received may differ from the estimated funding released in the 2024 NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability); therefore, staff requests the board’s approval for the 2024 Action Plan, authorization to submit the 2024 Action Plan to HUD for approval, authorization for staff to proportionally adjust allocations for projects in the 2024 Action Plan based on the actual grant allocations from HUD, authorization to amend the 2024 Action Plan and submit the amendment to HUD if required.” 

The 2024 Action Plan is the fifth and final step in the 2020 to 2024 Consolidated Plan. It’s a document required for any jurisdiction that receives HUD entitlement funds and must be submitted to HUD. Staff estimates that the urban county will receive over $4 million from the grants in 2024.

Estimated HUD 2024 Allocations are:

  • CDGB (Community Development Grant Block Funds) would receive $1,695,269
  • The Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) would receive $977,725
  • The HOME American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) would receive $322,923
  • The Emergency Solutions Grant Fund (ESG) would receive $149,655

The board was then presented with a list of 2024 Housing Projects, including the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) Minor Home Repair, CAPSLO’s 40 Prodo Homeless Services Center in San Luis Obispo, CAPSLO’s Adult Day Care, El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) Navigation Centers, and 5Cities Homeless Coalition (5CHC) Homeless Prevention, Rapid Re-Housing, Subsistence Payments, 5CHC’s Street Outreach, 5CHC’s Shelter Services, Food Bank of SLO’s no-cook bags, Lumina Alliance’s Emergency Assistance, and City of Atascadero’s Youth Scholarships. 

“It’s really instrumental to know that these funds are coming from different buckets and are getting the results they’re getting,” said Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg after the board was addressed with success stories from many of the above organizations.

Ortiz-Legg also stated that it’s important to sustain the investments that the county has made toward helping the unhoused in the area. 

“I would just ask to as we move forward and I support this that over the next year the organizations that are getting this funding, please share your success metrics with us,” said Supervisor John Peschong. We’d like to know what’s going on, what’s working and what’s not working. That way we can manage and really get a feel for how the money on the ground is effecting the community.” 

The resolutions passed unanimously.

The next county supervisors meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 23.