Welcome to the Santa Cruz Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) web site.

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 Commission in Santa Cruz County is comprised of seven members: two city council members chosen by the mayors of the cities in the county, 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.


New Information
During the week of April 14, 2014, the Boards of the Lompico County Water District and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District considered adopting joint resolutions applying to LAFCO for a "merger". The Lompico Board approved the resolution; the SLVWD Board continued the matter until the evening of Thursday, May 22.
--Draft Resolution (Lompico)
--Process Flowchart
--Five Year Expenses and Revenues
--Average Lompico Customer Costs
--Draft Bond Projects
--Lompico Debts

Previous Information
On December 4, 2013, the LAFCO Executive Officer participated in a public workshop concerning the possible merger of the Lompico County Water District and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.

Next LAFCO Meeting

The next LAFCO meeting is scheduled for May 7, 2014 (9:30 a.m.).

Graham Hill Sanitation Reorganization

The Graham Hill Sanitation Reorganization has been completed.
--LAFCO Resolution

Any property owner within the annexation area who wants sanitary sewer connection information should contact the County Public Works Department, Sanitation Engineering staff at:

(831) 454-2160
701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

North Campus Applications Status

The two UCSC North Campus applications (No. 928 Sphere Amendment, and No. 929 Extraterritorial Water And Sewer Authorization) are on hold following litigation. Before LAFCO acts on the applications, additional work will have to be done on the environmental impact report. For additional information:

Mutual Water Company Boundaries

Assembly Bill 54 of the 2011 Legislative Session requires mutual water companies to file their service area boundary maps with LAFCOs by December 31, 2012. 
--Additional Information
Assembly Bill 240 of the 2013 Legislative Session requires mutual water companies to conduct open meetings, comply with the Public Records Act, prepare an annual audit, adopt an annual budget at an open meeting, and receive board member training.

School District Boundaries

LAFCO does not regulate school district boundaries. Direct questions concerning school district boundaries to the Business Services office of the County Office of Education. (831) 466-5600.

Emergency Cell Phone Notification (Reverse 911)
Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1, which dispatches emergency police, fire, and ambulances in Santa Cruz County, has a service. In cases of imminent threat, it has the capability to make reverse 911 calls to cell phones. In the case of an imminent threat, the Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 would make an automated call to cell phones registered to threatened addresses. A sample message might be "At 9:30 on Monday morning, a mandatory evacuation has been ordered for all homes on XYZ Road due to threat from the wildfire. " To utilize this service, cell phone users must register with the dispatch center:
--Link to Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 Registration

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