Category Archives: SLO Community News

Crews at San Luis Ranch move historic barn, house for next phase of construction

August 27, 2019, KSBY News, San Luis Obispo Feature Crews at San Luis Ranch are moving on to the next phase of construction by moving two historic buildings from their original placement to a new site set to be open to the public. A single-family home and a barn were moved to the newly proposed Agricultural […]

Hundreds of trees cut down as San Luis Ranch development begins

January 29, 2019, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo Article The construction of the San Luis Ranch mixed-use development project is underway in San Luis Obispo — and hundreds of trees once visible from Madonna Road are coming down. A total of 564 trees are expected to be cleared as part of the project near Madonna Road and Highway […]

San Luis Ranch Housing Project Approved by SLO City Council

July 2017, KSBY-TV Report The San Luis Obispo City Council approved construction of the San Luis Ranch housing project, which promises to include affordable and workforce housing. The land between Madonna Road and Highway 101 will become a community of more than 500 homes, which the developer believes will reduce the number of commuters and […]

Only 1 in 4 can afford an average home

May 2017, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo Article Only a quarter of San Luis Obispo County residents can afford a median-priced home on the Central Coast, according to a report issued by the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. In the county in the first quarter of 2017, 26 percent of residents could afford a […]

The Housing Crisis Impact and Solutions

March 2017, 2017 SLO County Housing Summit San Luis Obispo County’s housing crisis has long stymied economic development and opportunity in the region, making it difficult for companies to hire, and painful for employees who cannot afford to live where they work, often forcing them to leave the area. “Everybody that we relocate here, probably […]

Affordable housing tough to find in SLO County, California

May 2017, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo Article It’s not easy being poor in San Luis Obispo County. Or even middle class, for that matter. High housing costs play a big role in the Central Coast’s unaffordability, as underscored by National Low Income Housing Coalition data released this week. Affordable rental housing — units that cost residents […]

SLO Loses Another Opportunity for Affordable Housing

May 2016, SLO Tribune Letter to the Editor by John Fowler Once again, it’s one step forward, two steps back as San Luis Obispo loses another great opportunity to ease the critical affordable housing shortage. While we are used to the usual concerns about viewshed, water, traffic and noise, this time development processing time and […]

SLO Council Appears to Favor Housing Project

July 2017, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo The proposed 580-home San Luis Ranch development off Madonna Road and Highway 101 in south San Luis Obispo may be headed to approval, judging from the comments of City Council members Wednesday night. In front of a packed audience at City Hall, the council generally supported the project that would […]