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Name not available inside Neighborhood 7 February 1, 2023, 11:16 AM

Yes I think more housing units should be available! There aren’t enough to accommodate those who want to live in the city.

Name not available inside Neighborhood 10 February 1, 2023, 10:53 AM

The parking plan presented is very thorough and colorful. Unfortunately, it is also incredibly long, complicated, and difficult to follow and understand. This seems to be a characteristic of government projects. Overwhelm with details and minutiae so no one understands enough to ask questions. I fear that not many will read it. It’s too bad there isn’t a summary of the plan that has a few bullet points that highlight the overall concept. I recommended closing off traffic on Higuera between Morro and Broad. I would also include Monterey Street between Morro and Chorro. Pedestrian areas such as what Boulder, CO has are very business and customer friendly and safe. It would also allow restaurants to push out into the pedestrian area, similar to what happened during Covid. In closing, please try to make plans like this simpler vs more complicated.

Name not available inside Neighborhood 8 February 1, 2023, 10:50 AM

What statement best describes your relationship with the City of San Luis Obispo? (Please check all that apply) I am a resident of San Luis Obispo., I work in San Luis Obispo.
What local issues do you think should be the new Community Development Director's focus? (Please select your Top 5 issues) Continued implementation of the City’s affordable housing goals and programs, Implementing adopted polices which address climate change in all development projects and identifying new polices to keep San Luis Obispo as a leader in this field, Innovative planning to help the City’s downtown business district and other neighborhood business districts, Managing the City’s strategic planning efforts focused on homelessness, Planning for projects, policies, or practices that address economic/business, climate/economic and business development
Please rank from 1-5 (1 being highest) the 5 types of career experience that you think is most important for the next Community Development Director to possess.
What personal attributes of the next Community Development Director are most important to you? (Please select all that apply) Collaborative style, both inside City Hall and with the public, Customer service oriented, Goal and solutions-oriented, Innovative, creative, and progressive, Involvement/presence in the community, Strategic thinker / visionary, Strong financial understanding, Strong manager of people and resources, Strong relationship with Council, staff, and the community, Track record of career success
Are there any other comments that you would like to add to help the City define the ideal candidate and be successful in recruiting the next Community Development Director? Someone with a strong vision of long term goals and a YIMBY attitude
If you live in the City of San Luis Obispo, how long have you lived here? 1-5 years
What is your age? 18-29
What is your race/ethnicity? (Please select all that apply) White/Caucasian
Which gender do you most identify with? (Please select all that apply.) Woman

Name not available outside Neighborhoods February 1, 2023, 10:00 AM

What statement best describes your relationship with the City of San Luis Obispo? (Please check all that apply) I work in San Luis Obispo., I am a building design professional, engineer, developer, and/or customer of the CDD Department in San Luis Obispo, I visit San Luis Obispo at least once per month for other than work.
What local issues do you think should be the new Community Development Director's focus? (Please select your Top 5 issues) Continued focus on design, placemaking and community building, Continued implementation of the City’s affordable housing goals and programs
Please rank from 1-5 (1 being highest) the 5 types of career experience that you think is most important for the next Community Development Director to possess.
What personal attributes of the next Community Development Director are most important to you? (Please select all that apply) Customer service oriented, Entrepreneurial mindset, Excellent communicator, Strategic thinker / visionary
Are there any other comments that you would like to add to help the City define the ideal candidate and be successful in recruiting the next Community Development Director? find someone who understands housing is central to every other city goal. choices in places to live are paramount to a thriving and diverse community.
If you live in the City of San Luis Obispo, how long have you lived here? I don't live in San Luis Obispo
What is your age? 30-39
What is your race/ethnicity? (Please select all that apply) White/Caucasian
Which gender do you most identify with? (Please select all that apply.) Woman

Name not available outside Neighborhoods February 1, 2023, 9:26 AM

I'd love to see a pedestrian mall made out of Higuera. It seems the city has admired Boulder, CO for years and the Pearl Street Mall has kept downtown Boulder alive and well. What Boulder has that SLO doesn't have is a free bus that connects the university with downtown and several neighborhoods along the way. This would be an amazing addition and would solve many of the complaints that older residents have about not being able to ride bicycles. Please consider a free bus system. It's amazing how many people will use a free and frequent bus. If that were available, then parking could actually cost money - a lot of money. Most of the time when I go to the parking garages, the arms are up, and I park for free. Even when I do pay, it's a very small amount of money. If the parking rates were tripled, then could we afford free buses every 20 minutes?

Name not shown inside Neighborhood 1 January 31, 2023, 9:12 PM

As a downtown resident, one of my major concerns with active transportation is not feeling safe as a pedestrian. The facilities are in place (crosswalks etc.) but drivers seem to be ignoring pedestrians and aggressively taking right of way more and more to the point it feels dangerous to walk downtown with my child. 1.C.5 seems to suggest additional enforcement of driving laws and pedestrian safety is a goal, and I wholeheartedly agree. There is very little police presence and bicycle or motorcycle police could raise a great deal of awareness in a short time if they were so inclined. I recommend increasing enforcement of driving laws for pedestrian safety.

I also feel like the misperception that "there is no parking downtown" is a direct result of having metered parking on Higuera. These spots leave people with the expectation that they should be able to park right in front of the business they are going to, and when they have to park VERY nearby in a parking garage, they are left with the impression that there is "no parking." There is in fact plenty of parking...soon to be more on Nipomo. I would advocate eliminating parking on Higuera altogether, and widening the sidewalks into the parking areas to better accommodate foot traffic. This eliminates the expectation that one can park on Higuera in front of their store and normalizes driving directly to a nearby structure and parking. This provides a more enjoyable environment to walk around downtown, fewer cars looping around looking for metered parking, and nice wide sidewalks and parklets to enjoy. State street in Santa Barbara is a good example of this.

thank you

Helene Finger inside Neighborhood 10 January 31, 2023, 7:12 PM

Community engagement for the 2021 Active Transportation Plan (ATP) found that low stress bike routes not on arterials are the most desired types of bicycle infrastructure to encourage a mode shift. Specifically in the ATP, community members’ survey results showed that the top concern is “Gaps in the bicycle network make it difficult to travel safely” (66%). People want to ride their bike in places that either don’t have cars or have minimal cars.

Fortunately, the City has just a few gaps to close the low-stress network that has been built over the years. Since over 40,000 of SLO City residents live within 2 miles of downtown, when these gaps in connecting routes that don’t have many (or any) cars on them are closed, there is the potential for significant mode shift and an impactful reduction in motor vehicle trips to the downtown core, with a corresponding substantial reduction in parking demand.

Name not shown inside Neighborhood 11 January 31, 2023, 5:32 PM

Obviously a lot of work has gone into this Access and Parking Management Plan. Thank you. I would just like to add one small point for those of us (especially seniors) who attend the Saturday 5:30PM mass at the Mission. There is no (actually VERY limited) parking in the Mission parking lot. The only place I can find to park is the parking lot next to the History Museum meters (which will no doubt be turned into some kind of "online" parking app to be paid). I don't always have enough money to supply the meters for 90 minutes. Ninety minutes is about the time that is needed to attend Mass (includes walking back and forth). Seniors are on FIXED income, have physical limitations that may limit walking up/down stairs or long distances, don't carry a smartphone and need to feel safe. And, in my opinion, those who attend church services shouldn't have to pay for parking anyway. I'd like to see a solution so that church attendees can park ANYWHERE for some limited amount of time, for FREE.

Name not shown inside Neighborhood 7 January 31, 2023, 4:29 PM

I am frustrated by the emphasis on bike-riding as a means of reducing car traffic in downtown and the city in general. Older residents are not likely to jump on bikes due to health factors and safety concerns (think cars hitting bicyclists). Why is there not more emphasis on city bus service, with increased stops, routes, and frequency? Reliable bus service would get me to leave my car at home, go to town, and not worry about traffic and parking.

Name not shown inside Neighborhood 10 January 31, 2023, 2:28 PM

I have read and understand the arguments pro and con on this increased housing density issue in the downtown area. I also live near a lot that has taken advantage of the increased density limits allowed on residential lots (this lot has virtually no outdoor space left on it because it is all occupied by structures). While I understand that this latter issue occurred because of state (not city) laws, I believe that this trend (now including the city of SLO's proposal) basically ignore quality of life issues. I have lived here for 45 years and lament this trend as quality of life has been one of SLO's strong points that appears to be disappearing.