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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Public Invitation to 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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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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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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