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LAFCO Authority


Boundary Changes

LAFCOs regulate, through approval or denial, the boundary changes proposed by other public agencies or individuals. LAFCOs do not have the power to initiate boundary changes on their own.

Typical applicants might include:

Factors LAFCO Must Consider Include:

Spheres of Influence

One of the most important charges given LAFCO was the adoption of "Spheres of Influence" for local governments (1972).

A "Sphere of Influence" is the physical boundary and service area that a local governmental agency is expected to serve, as determined by LAFCO. Establishment of this boundary is necessary to determine which governmental agencies can provide services in the most efficient way to the people and property in any given area. The Sphere of Influence requirement also works to discourage urban sprawl by preventing overlapping of jurisdictions and duplication of services.

Commissions cannot tell counties or cities what their planning goals should be. Rather, LAFCOs coordinate the orderly development of a community through reconciling differences between city and county plans in such a way that the most efficient urban service arrangements are created for the benefit of area residents and property owners.

Municipal Service Reviews

Through Municipal Service Reviews, LAFCOs encourage governments to evaluate their current operations, growth in the affected area, the present and probable need for services, and the existence of disadvantaged unincorporated communities.  These studies provide general information about local governments and are prepared prior to or concurrently with a Sphere of Influence update.

       Stanislaus LAFCO