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 will be Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Please check back for more information. The agenda packet is usually available the Thursday before the scheduled meeting.read more
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the SPECIAL DISTRICT ALTERNATE MEMBER To any interested special district board members: The independent special districts in Santa Cruz County have three positions on the LAFCO board. The current Special District representatives are Jim...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 has recently published service reviews 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