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 or email deb@santacruzlafco.org.

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.

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Public Member and Alternate Member Positions Renewed until 2020

At the April 6, 2016 meeting, the Commission decided to reappoint the incumbents, Roger Anderson and Cherie Bobbe as the Public Member and Public Alternate respectively.  Each position has been extended another 4-year term until May, 2020.  For any additional questions or information about the position(s), feel free to contact the LAFCO office at 831-454-2055.

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Public Water Forum

Working Together for Water Santa Cruz LAFCO co-sponsored a public water forum on January 28, 2016 about how the community, legislators, and Santa Cruz County agencies are working together to protect and manage our water resources. For more information, check out Working Together for Water.

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Salsipuedes Sanitary District

A second public hearing was held for the review of Salsipuedes Sanitary District on January 6, 2016. The service and sphere review was approved, adding two additional parcels owned by the Pajaro Valley Rod and Gun Club to its sphere of influence. Salsipuedes Sanitary District: Notice of Public Hearing FINAL Sphere & Service Review CEQA Exemption

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After the Mello-Roos Community Facilities District infrastructure financing election failed to get a 2/3rd’s vote in February 2015, the Lompico County Water District and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District requested additional time to pursue options for financing Lompico’s infrastructure, repairs, and improvements. On June 3, 2015, LAFCO extended its authorization for the Lompico Reorganization […]

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