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.

 

Next Meeting is April 7, 2021

Next Meeting is April 7, 2021

The next LAFCO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9 a.m. The agenda packet is usually available on our website the Thursday before the scheduled meeting date. Instructions for Zoom online meetings and teleconferencing are on Page 1 of the agenda...

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City of Scotts Valley’s Service & Sphere Review

City of Scotts Valley’s Service & Sphere Review

Scotts Valley was incorporated as a city on August 2, 1966 and is currently a small community that encompasses an area of approximately five (5) square miles with a population of approximately 12,000. LAFCO approved the City of Scotts Valley Service & Sphere of...

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Special District Elections Update

Special District Elections Update

This year, the Independent Special District Selection Committee is authorized to address vacancies on two separate boards: LAFCO and the Santa Cruz County Consolidated Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board (“COB”). Both boards are in search of a regular and...

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Successful Fire Consolidation

Successful Fire Consolidation

Central & Aptos / La Selva Fire Protection Districts have successfully consolidated into Central Fire District as of 2/4/21. ---New Central Fire District Map ---Fire Consolidation Update as of 2/3/21

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Welcome New LAFCO Commission Clerk, Chris Carpenter

Welcome New LAFCO Commission Clerk, Chris Carpenter

We would like to introduce, Chris Carpenter to Santa Cruz LAFCO as the new Commission Clerk. He has years of experience in public service & he is a Central Coast local from Seaside. Debra Means, who has been the Commission Clerk since 2002 will be retiring after...

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