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Local Agency Formation Commission

110 Maple Street (Air Pollution Control building)
Auburn, CA  95603
Phone:  530-889-4097

THE LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION (LAFCO) REGULATES BOUNDARIES AND BOUNDARY CHANGES FOR PUBLIC AGENCIES:

  • Cities and Towns
  • Sewer Districts
  • Water and Irrigation Districts
  • Cemetery Districts
  • Fire Districts
  • Community Service Districts
  • Hospital Districts
  • Mosquito and Vector Control Districts
  • Municipal Utility Districts
  • Public Utility Districts
  • Recreation and Park Districts
  • Resort Improvement Districts
  • Resource Conservation Districts
  • Sanitary Districts

DIRECTORY OF CITIES/TOWNS/SPECIAL DISTRICTS:  PDF

  •    LAFCO Applications:
    1. Please contact Placer LAFCO to set up an appointment to discuss your needs.  Phone: 530-889-4097
    2. A typical applicant to LAFCO might include an individual homeowner requesting to be included into a sewer district due to a failing septic tank, or a developer seeking annexation to a city in order to obtain a more favorable development package and the extension of certain services. Less frequently, a city might submit an application to annex pockets or “islands” of unincorporated land in order to avoid duplication of services, or special districts might request to consolidate two or more districts in an effort to streamline their services and reduce costs to taxpayers. 
  • The LAFCO Process
    1. After an application is received the application is sent to different county departments and agencies for comments.  There is a period of information gathering and analysis. After reviewing the comments, LAFCO will hold a public hearing to consider an applicant's request.
    2. These hearings are advertised in the local newspapers and interested citizens are welcome and encouraged to state their views at the hearings. LAFCO Process PDF document

PLACER LAFCO REQUIREMENTS:

    1. Placer LAFCO Policies PDF document
    2. Each county in the state is required to have a LAFCO. These LAFCOs fulfill their legislative mandate through the consideration and approval or denial of boundary changes proposed by individuals or the local agencies themselves. LAFCOs do not have the power to initiate boundary changes on their own, except for proposals involving the dissolution, consolidation, or merger of special districts or the establishment of subsidiary districts.
      Fee Schedule for Proposals

GUIDELINES FOR INCORPORATION/FORMATION OF NEW CITIES OR DISTRICTS.  Guidelines and examples intended to give a general overview of the process:

TENTATIVE HEARING SCHEDULE - FISCAL YEAR 2013/2014

LAWS GOVERNING THE LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION (LAFCO):

CORTESE-KNOX-HERTZBERG LOCAL GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION ACT OF 2000 PDF

LAFCO's are required (by law) to review each public agency to confirm that services are provided efficiently and economically, and to determine the area of growth (spheres of influence) for the agencies :

SERVICE REVIEWS (MSR, EIR, RFP)

The Municipal Service Review (MSR) includes an analysis of the issues and written determinations for:

STATE CREATION OF LAFCO

Created in 1963 for the purpose of encouraging orderly growth and development

  • For protection of agricultural resources and open space
  • To discouragement of urban sprawal
  • To insure efficient and effective agency services

WHO IS ON THE LAFCO COMMISSION? PDF

Membership in each county's LAFCO is prescribed by law. Commissions usually contain five members - two representatives from the county board of supervisors, two representatives from city councils, and one public member. The state statutes permit the addition of two special district representatives under certain circumstances.

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