With the cost of living in California seemingly always on the rise, State officials have mandated that cities build more affordable housing. Cities that don’t comply, could face hefty fines, lose state-funded tax dollars, and lose control of local development. Pismo Beach City officials say they need to build between 400 and 500 affordable housing units by 2025, with half of those needing to be planned by next year. City planners are working to re-zone a vacant medical building to allow for the construction of affordable residences. Another option would be to develop land next to the Pismo Ecological Preserve. If the State Parks Department would permit it.