In accordance with State law, Santa Cruz LAFCO has adopted the following policies and rules to guide its operations and decisions:
APPOINTMENT OF PUBLIC MEMBER AND ALTERNATE
The public member and public alternate are appointed to LAFCO in accordance with State law and this local policy.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
State laws require local elected officials, appointed officials, and certain employees to file annual reports concerning their personal financial interests, and to refrain from participating in public decisions that could affect their significant financial interests. Santa Cruz LAFCO has adopted a Conflict of Interest Code.
State laws and local rules require public disclosure of certain:
- campaign contributions to people who are sitting on LAFCO
- expenditures for political purposes related to any proposal that will be submitted to LAFCO
- money and other contributions and expenditures made supporting or opposing proposals to LAFCO
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCEDURES
These procedures address how Santa Cruz LAFCO will perform environmental reviews in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
In certain circumstances, State law allows LAFCO to authorize a city or district to provide a service outside an agency’s boundaries. Santa Cruz LAFCO has adopted procedures and policies for its consideration of these types of applications.
FEES AND DEPOSITS
LAFCO charges fees for various services and collects deposits at the time applications are filed.
These policies concern LAFCO’s purchasing and claims procedures.
FUNCTIONS AND SERVICES OF SPECIAL DISTRICTS
These rules explain how LAFCO regulates types of services provided by each special district.
INCORPORATION FEASIBILITY STUDIES
These guidelines outline the contents of feasibility studies for city incorporation proposals.
This policy requires an applicant to be responsible for any litigation costs that arise from LAFCO’s action on an application. The indeminfication form must be executed before an application is deemed complete.
INDEPENDENT SPECIAL DISTRICT SELECTION COMMITTEE
The two special district members and one special district alternate on LAFCO are elected in accordance with State law and these local rules.
These rules govern the conduct of LAFCO meetings.
These rules govern the review of the Executive Officer’s performance and the staff compensation levels.
For many annexations and other changes of organization, State law provides for another opportunity for voters and landowners to protest a change of organization after LAFCO has authorized the change. This policy delegates the authority to conduct the protest proceedings to the Executive Officer.
This policy concerns destruction of recordings of LAFCO meetings.
SPHERES OF INFLUENCE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
These policies guide LAFCO’s adoption of spheres of influence for each city and special district.
STANDARDS FOR EVALUATING PROPOSALS
These are the standards by which LAFCO reviews annexation applications and other proposals.
TIME LIMIT FOR CERTIFICATE OF FILING
This policy terminates an application if it has not received a certificate of filing within one year of the date it was submitted to LAFCO.
In 2011, LAFCO amended three sets of policies to contain more specific water policies. These water policies are highlighted in yellow starting on page 5.