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 Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in the Supervisors Chambers, Room 525 of the County Governmental Center, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. LAFCO's agenda packets are usually available the Thursday before its meeting date. Please check...

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Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Reorganization Act 2000

The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (Act) establishes procedures for local government changes of organization, including city incorporations, annexations to a city or special district, and city and special district consolidations....

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Creating Sustainable Communities & Landscapes

In October 2018, CALAFCO, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and the California Strategic Growth Council published a document regarding recommended practices and tools for local collaboration on climate-smart growth. --- Creating Sustainable Communities...

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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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