What’s Next? : 2018 Housing Summit April 9th, 2018

By Bianca Koenig

We were honored to join passionate and thoughtful leaders from government, building, and non-profit organizations at the 2018 Housing Summit.  The half-day event focused on solving the affordable housing crisis in San Luis Obispo County. Among the nearly 20 speakers, the theme undoubtedly resonated with the message for more collaboration, creativity and community.

Keynote speaker Sonja Trauss, founder of the San Francisco YIMBY, short for “Yes In My Backyard” wasn’t shy about reminding folks that yes, we will have to experience a little discomfort in order to support an increase in housing supply and meet demand. The key will be to let legal housing get built and allow for more types of housing, “It’s not going to be easy but it’s going to be worth it.”

As part of the Future of Housing Panel, Landscape Architect, Bianca Koenig’s talk focused on the importance of the spaces in between — the public spaces in between our homes, businesses, and services where daily interactions of people can support a more resilient community. As leaders in the housing industry, we have an opportunity to not only help solve a housing problem, but at the same time, with transparency, resilience, and community, we can also help solve social challenges.

 “What’s Next?”

By far, “What’s Next?” was the best question of the evening. At the 2018 Housing Summit, there was no shortage of creativity and compassion from both public and private representatives. The real work will come with bringing communities together and building support for a future that solves the critical need for housing, and at the same time, preserves our sense of place. If you are ready to join the conversation and be part of the solution, following are key events to get informed and involved in the future of San Luis Obispo:

April 9, 12 noon, Mission Plaza
Join Mayor Harmon in a Pop-Up Democracy event to meaningfully discuss SLO and Homelessness. Bring your thoughts, concerns and ideas. More info…

April 10, 2018, 6 pm, City Hall Council Chamber, 990 Palm Street
The San Luis Obispo City Council will hold a study session to discuss the status and provide policy direction on the Zoning Regulations Update. More info…

April 11, 5:30 pm, SLO Swim Center, 900 Southwood Drive
The City of SLO Parks & Rec Commission is having a Special Kick-Off Meeting regarding the update of the Parks and Recreation Element and Master Plan. More Info…


Find out more about the Progress and Possibilities discussed at the 2018 Housing Summit at the following link: