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.


Mid-County Fire Consolidation Study

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...

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EIR for Atkinson Lane / Pippin Reorganization

At its 8/1/18 meeting, LAFCO approved Resolution No. 963, annexing the rest of the 46 apartments of the Pippin Orchards project into the CIty of Watsonville so that all of the apartments are under one jurisdiction. --- EIR for Atkinson Lane / Pippin...

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Connecting the Drops 2018

Santa Cruz LAFCO co-sponsored the second "Connecting the Drops" water forum on Thursday, February 1st. The focus of the forum was groundwater sustainability. Video Link to Forum 2/1/18 Flyer Agenda 2017 County Water Resources...

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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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