San Luis Obispo City Council listened to voices from the community in adopting its major goals and vision for the 2019-21 budget cycle.

The SLO City goals that were formally set on Feb. 5, in fact, echo key priorities outlined by the Chamber in in its detailed letter of recommendations, and include housing, fiscal sustainability and responsibility, sustainable transportation, climate action, and Downtown vitality.

The Chamber-developed priorities reflect extensive work, discussion and evaluation by multiple Chamber committees and the board of directors, involving more than 80 members. Thanks to this dedication, San Luis Obispo City goals encompass those advocated by the Chamber, and chart a path for the dedication of City resources over the next two years.

The Chamber’s top priorities stem from our economic vision, Imagine SLO, and focus on investments that support a more complete, safe and fiscally sustainable city that houses more of its workforce.

Included among the Council-adopted goals that parallel Chamber recommendations is housing. The City states that it aims to “facilitate the production of housing … including an emphasis on affordable housing and workforce housing through the lens of climate action and regionalism.” Likewise, the Chamber asked the City to approve higher density housing, infill development, appropriate density and increased building heights to minimize urban sprawl and provide opportunities for all levels of housing.

Regarding fiscal sustainability and responsibility, the City goals match the Chamber’s call to “continue the fiscal responsibility philosophy with a focus on economic development and responsiveness, unfunded liabilities, and infrastructure financing.”

On climate action, the City will “continue to update and implement the Climate Action Plan for carbon neutrality, including preservation and enhancement of our open space and urban forest and planning for resilience.” This dovetails with the Chamber’s input to update the City’s Climate Action plan with a focus on decreased commuting impacts through investment in infrastructure to advance housing and promote alternative transportation.

With goals now set, the City will draft work plans to present to the city council on April 16. Budget workshops will be held in June before adoption of the final budget.

Read the letter of recommendations from the Chamber.