BeachWelcome to the Santa Cruz Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) website. This website continues to be a work in progress. If you happen to find a broken link, or you cannot find or access the information you are looking for, please call 831-454-2055. The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) was created by State law in 1963 to regulate the boundaries of cities and special districts. There is a LAFCO in each of the 58 counties of California. The objectives of LAFCO are:

  • to encourage efficient service areas for services provided by cities, counties, and special districts;
  • to guide urban development away from prime agricultural lands and open space resources;
  • to promote orderly growth; and
  • to discourage urban sprawl.

The LAFCO Commission in Santa Cruz County is comprised of seven members: two city council members chosen by the mayors of the cities in the County (City Selection Committee), two County supervisors chosen by the Board of Supervisors, two special district board members chosen by the twenty-four independent special district board chairpersons in the County, and a public member chosen by the other members of LAFCO. As a public agency, LAFCO discusses and acts upon its business monthly in open public meetings. We welcome your interest and participation in the important matters under study by LAFCO.

Next LAFCO Meeting Scheduled for June 6th

Please check back for more information on LAFCO's June meeting. Agenda packets are usually available the Thursday before the scheduled meeting date. For any previous agenda packets or minutes, hover over the Meetings tab above or contact the LAFCO office.

Watsonville’s 150th Birthday

The City of Watsonville is celebrating the 150th year since its incorporation in 1868.  Historical photos and upcoming events are posted at: https://www.watsonville150.org/  

Connecting the Drops 2018

Santa Cruz LAFCO co-sponsored the second "Connecting the Drops" water forum on Thursday, February 1st. The focus of the forum was groundwater sustainability. Video Link to Forum 2/1/18 Flyer Agenda 2017 County Water Resources Report

Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs)

Senate Bill 1266 of 2016 requires that certain JPAs file copies of their operating agreements with LAFCO. Electronic copies from this JPA LIST are available at the LAFCO office.  

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