LAFCO Policies

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.

DISCLOSURE LAWS
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 review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

EXTRATERRITORIAL SERVICE
In certain circumstances, State law allows LAFCO to authorize a city or district to provide a service outside the agency's boundaries. Santa Cruz LAFCO has adopted procedures and policies for its consideration of these types of applications.

FINANCIAL POLICIES
These policies concern LAFCO's purchasing and claims procedures.

FUNCTIONS AND SERVICES OF SPECIAL DISTRICTS
These rules explain how LAFCO regulates the types of services provided by each special district.

INCORPORATION FEASIBILITY STUDIES
These guidelines outline the contents of feasibility studies for city incorporation proposals.

INDEMNIFICATION
This policy requires an applicant to be responsible for any litigation costs that arise from LAFCO's action on an application.

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.

MEETING RULES
These rules govern the conduct of LAFCO meetings.

PROTEST PROCEEDINGS
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.

RECORDS MANAGEMENT
This policy concerns destruction of recordings of LAFCO meetings.

SCHEDULE OF FEES AND DEPOSITS
LAFCO charges fees for various services and collects deposits at the time applications are filed.


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 teminates an application if it has not received a certificate of filing within one year of the date it was submitted to LAFCO.

WATER POLICIES
In 2011, LAFCO amended three sets of policies to contain more specific water policies.  These water policies are highlighted in yellow on the linked documents.

Last updated on April 15, 2013. On web. Pages.