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.

LAFCO’s Next Meeting Will Be June 7, 2017

The next LAFCO meeting will be on June 7, 2017. Public Hearing Notice for: Soquel Creek Water District Service & Sphere of Influence Review Wharf Road / Wright Annexation to the Soquel Creek Water District, LAFCO No. 961 * 961 Notice of Exemption Areawide Service Approval for City of Santa Cru

Reviews for Scotts Valley City & Scotts Valley Water District

At its December 7, 2016 meeting, the Commission approved the resolutions approving the service and sphere of influence reviews for the City of Scotts Valley and the Scotts Valley Water District. City of Scotts Valley Review Scotts Valley Water District Review


The Lompico merger with the San Lorenzo Valley Water District was completed on June 1, 2016. The Assessment District will generate $2.75 million to be spent on the water system's infrastructure, repairs, and improvements in Lompico over the next ten years.   BACKGROUND LOMPICO INFORMATION —Se

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