LAFCO Notices & News

City of Watsonville Sphere of Influence Review 2018


UCSC North Campus Applications

On August 3, 2010, the City of Santa Cruz certified an Environmental Impact Report for two applications to LAFCO (sphere amendment, and water and sewer service extensions) for the UCSC North Campus.

On December 7, 2011, LAFCO voted in concept to authorize the City of Santa Cruz to provide water and sewer services to the UCSC North Campus.

On March 7, 2012, LAFCO revised the conditions of approval:
March 7 Conditions

At the June 6, 2012 LAFCO meeting, two sets of amendments to the conditions were presented. The Commission did not vote on either set of amendments:
Lane Amendments
Leopold Amendments

Bonny Doon Ecological Preserve poppiesOn February 19, 2013, the Sixth District Court of Appeal issued a decision that the Environmental Impact Report addressing the applications was inadequate:
Court Decision

The University and the City of Santa Cruz filed a petition for State Supreme Court review. On June 12, 2013, the State Supreme Court denied the petition. The Appellate Court decision stands. A writ has been issued:

Bonny Doon Litigation
On July 9, 2012, the Court of Appeal issued a decision in the lawsuit titled “Bonny Doon Volunteer Fire/Rescue, Inc. v. Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission.”  The Court’s decision affirmed LAFCO’s 2008 action on the petition to form a Bonny Doon Fire Protection District.
Appellate Court Decision



Water Policies
On February 2, 2011, LAFCO amended its policies concerning water supply and water resources.  Note that the water policies are not isolated in a single policy document, but rather are incorporated into three sets of pre-existing policy documents.
Policies as Amended February 2, 2011

Commissioner and employee compensation information is reported annually during the budget process:
— 2014-15 Budget
— 2015-16 Budget
2016-17 Budget
— 2017-18 Budget

The State Controller’s compensation database is also available.

Protest Thresholds
If LAFCO approves an annexation or other boundary change application, State law provides a period in which voters and property owners within the affected area may file written protest with the LAFCO Executive Officer.

Flowchart of the Protest Process



Senate Bill 272—Open Data Enterprise Systems Catalog
Senate Bill 272 requires local public agencies in California to create catalogs of electronic data they maintain, and post these catalogs on their agency website.  Santa Cruz LAFCO posts its information as part of Santa Cruz County’s catalog.


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