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Results of SLO mayor's poll on housing released

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An online poll conducted by San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon finds people are divided over whether new development would ease the city's housing woes.

The poll asked, "Do you think development is a good solution to affordable housing in SLO?" The answers included 504 "yes" votes, 420 "no" votes, and 425 "maybe" votes.

Those who participated in the poll could also provide comments. Out of those who answered "yes," 140 people commented that "the middle class, or what's left of it, cannot afford to buy." Many of those who voted "no" were concerned that additional development would lead to overcrowding. The top response from people who answered "maybe" was "affordable in SLO is not really affordable."

Poll participants were also asked, "Do you think rent control is a good way to create affordable housing?" and "Do you think tiny houses are a good way to create affordable housing?"

To the question on rent control, 412 people said "yes," 343 people said "no," and 325 people answered "maybe."

Tiny homes received strong support with 468 "yes" votes, 280 "no" votes, and 321 "maybe" votes.

More than 1,300 people voted in the poll over seven days from Oct. 5 through Oct. 12.

Mayor Harmon says she is taking what she's learned from the poll to meetings regarding housing development and affordability. She also plans to conduct similar polls on other community issues in the future.

Previous coverage:
San Luis Obispo mayor asks community to vote in online poll 

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