BeachWelcome to our NEW Santa Cruz Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) website. LAFCO staff appreciates the expertise that Melody Sharp Website Design has been providing. 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. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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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Salsipuedes Sanitary District

At LAFCO’s November 4, 2015 meeting, the Commission approved staff’s recommendation to release the sphere & service report, schedule a public hearing for December 9, 2015 to review public comments, consider accepting the report, & confirm the current sphere of influence map. Draft Salsipuedes Sanitary District Sphere & Service Review

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Huckleberry Island

The LAFCO Executive Officer held a protest hearing on October 7, 2015 regarding the proposed formation of Huckleberry Island CSA #60. The filed protest constituted 19% of the assessed value within the proposed county service area. That is less than a 50% protest, which would have terminated formation proceedings under State law. Therefore, the proposal has been forwarded to the […]

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Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County

On August 5, 2015, LAFCO held a public hearing on a service and sphere review for the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County. The draft report contains data comparing the RCDSCC with the adjoining resource conservation districts in adjacent counties. Public Review Draft

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On June 3, 2015, LAFCO extended its authorization of the Lompico Reorganization to August 6, 2016. The two districts are continuing to study options for financing the Lompico infrastucture repairs and improvements. On March 6, 2015, the Lompico County Water District (LCWD) Board initiated a rate hike procedure. The LCWD Board has subsequently ratified the […]

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Graham Hill Sanitation Reorganization

The Graham Hill Sanitation Reorganization has been completed. —Map —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 #410 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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