Welcome 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. Each of the 58 counties in California have a LAFCO. 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.
The next LAFCO meeting is scheduled for August 7, 2019. There is NO LAFCO meeting in July. Please check back for more information as time gets closer.read more
The independent special districts in Santa Cruz County have three positions on the LAFCO board. The current Special District representatives are Jim Anderson (Felton Fire Protection District) and Rachél Lather (Soquel Creek Water District). Commissioner Lather,...read more
Photo: Incoming Executive Officer, Joe Serrano on left & retiring Executive Officer, Pat McCormick on right. After 38 years of dedicated service as LAFCO's Executive Officer, Pat McCormick has retired !!! His last LAFCO meeting was May 1st when many came to...read more
Congratulations to Rachel Lather (Soquel Creek Water District) as the new regular Special District Member.read more
LAFCO finalized service reviews at the June 5th meeting for: ---County Service Area 3: Aptos Seascape ---County Service Area 57: Woods Coveread more
Aptos / La Selva Fire Protection District, Central Fire Protection District, and LAFCO invited residents of the Mid-County to the consultants’ presentation of a feasibility study on August 27, 2018 that examines fire agency consolidation and related organizational...read more