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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 December 6th

Notice of Public Hearings -- Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Review -- Reclamation District 2049 (College Lake) Review -- Revision to Schedule of Fees & Deposits Agenda Packets are usually available the Thursday before the scheduled meeting date. Please check back for more information. For

Redevelopment Oversight

LAFCO staff is beginning a process to appoint special district board members to a regular and alternate position on the new Consolidated Redevelopment Oversight Board for Santa Cruz County. For more information: Auditor-Controller's Letter Oversight Law Rules of the Independent Special District Sele

Review for City of Capitola

Staff Report Public Review Draft 7/2017 City of Capitola Service & Sphere of Influence Review Capitola Sphere Map  

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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