Welcome to the Santa Cruz Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) web site.

The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) was created by State law in 1963 to regulate the boundaries of cities and special districts. There is a LAFCO in each of the 58 counties of California. 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 Commission in Santa Cruz County is comprised of seven members: two city council members chosen by the mayors of the cities in the county, 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.


New Information
The Boards of the Lompico County Water District and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District applied for the merger (reorganization) of the two districts. The LAFCO public hearing occurred on August 6th. LAFCO authorized the reorganization on a 7-0 vote.

--Staff Report for August 6 Hearing
--Notice of LAFCO's August 6 Hearing

2014 Service Review/Spheres Study
--Table of Contents
--Ch 1 Purpose of Study
--Ch 2 Overview of Agencies
--Ch 3 Population and Growth
--Ch 4 Disadvantaged Communities
--Ch 5 Infrastructure Needs
--Ch 6 Finances
--Ch 7 Shared Facilities
--Ch 8 Accountability and Efficiency
--Ch 9 Board Meeting Rules
--Ch 10 Communities of Interest
--Ch 11 Bibliography

2014 Information:

--SLVWD Resolution
--Lompico Resolution
--Process Flowchart
--Five Year Pro Forma Budget
--Notes for Five Year Pro Forma
--Average Lompico Customer Costs
--Bond Projects
--Lompico Debts
--Personnel Costs
--Other Options Considered
--Line Item Details of Pro Forma
--May 22 Presentation

Link to LCWD Citizens Advisory Committee:


Link to SLVWD Merger Webpage:

2013 Information
On December 4, 2013, the LAFCO Executive Officer participated in a public workshop concerning the possible merger of the Lompico County Water District and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District.
--December 4 Presentation

Next LAFCO Meeting

The next LAFCO meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Check back here to determine whether the meeting will be held or canceled.

Graham Hill Sanitation Reorganization

The Graham Hill Sanitation Reorganization has been completed.
--LAFCO Resolution

Any property owner within the annexation area who wants sanitary sewer connection information should contact the County Public Works Department, Sanitation Engineering staff at:

(831) 454-2160
701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

North Campus Applications Status

The two UCSC North Campus applications (No. 928 Sphere Amendment, and No. 929 Extraterritorial Water And Sewer Authorization) are on hold following litigation. Before LAFCO acts on the applications, additional work will have to be done on the environmental impact report. For additional information:

School District Boundaries

LAFCO does not regulate school district boundaries. Direct questions concerning school district boundaries to the Business Services office of the County Office of Education. (831) 466-5600.

Emergency Cell Phone Notification (Reverse 911)
Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1, which dispatches emergency police, fire, and ambulances in Santa Cruz County, has a service. In cases of imminent threat, it has the capability to make reverse 911 calls to cell phones. In the case of an imminent threat, the Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 would make an automated call to cell phones registered to threatened addresses. A sample message might be "At 9:30 on Monday morning, a mandatory evacuation has been ordered for all homes on XYZ Road due to threat from the wildfire. " To utilize this service, cell phone users must register with the dispatch center:
--Link to Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 Registration

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