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.
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. These hearings are advertised in the local newspapers and interested citizens are welcome and encouraged to state their views at the hearings.
These hearings are advertised in the local newspapers and interested citizens are welcome and encouraged to state their views at the hearings.
Placer LAFCO Requirements
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.