Local Agency Formation Commission
Agendas & Minutes
Policies, Bylaws and Application
LAFCO Reports, Service Reviews and Spheres of Influence
convenes, as needed, upon
the 2nd Monday of the month,
at Alturas City Hall,
200 North Street
at 5:00 p.m.
meeting dates for 2013 are:
February 12, 2013
April 09, 2013
June 11, 2013
August 13, 2013
October 15, 2013
December 10, 2013
LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION OF MODOC COUNTY
LAFCO File 2014-0002 - Central Modoc and Surprize Valley RCD Consolidation
History of LAFCO
The end of World War II saw California experiencing a tremendous population increase, which resulted in the sporadic formation of cities and special service districts. The results of this development boom became evident as more of California's agricultural land was converted to urban uses. Premature and unplanned development created an inefficient and expensive system of delivering public services using various small units of local government.
The Early Days
In 1959, in recognition of this problem Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed the Commission on Metropolitan Area Problems. The Commission's charge was to study and make recommendations on the “misuse of land resources” and the growing complexity of overlapping, local governmental jurisdictions. The Commission's recommendations on local governmental reorganization were introduced in the Legislature, resulting in the creation of the Local Agency Formation Commission, or “LAFCO” in 1963, operating in each County except San Francisco, (which later formed in 2001).
The Legislature approved the District Reorganization Act (DRA) in 1965. This Act combined separate laws governing special district boundaries into a single law. Another law, the Municipal Organization Act of 1977 (MORGA) consolidated various laws on city incorporation and annexation into one law.
These three laws contained many parallel and duplicative provisions. However, similar procedures varied slightly from one law to another, and the procedures necessary for one type of boundary change were found in vastly different sections of the three laws. Although MORGA was the most current revision of city annexation statutes, many cities in the state were required to use DRA so that areas being annexed could be simultaneously detached from special districts. All three laws contained application and hearing procedures for LAFCOs, but there were inconsistencies among them. This made city and district boundary changes unnecessarily confusing and complicated for local agencies and LAFCOs, as well as for residents and property owners.
The Cortese-Knox Local Government Reorganization Act of 1985
The Cortese-Knox Local Government Reorganization Act of 1985 followed several years of cooperative effort between Assembly Member Dominic Cortese, former Chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee and the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO). The Act, which became operative January 1, 1986, consolidated the three major laws used by California's local governments for boundary changes into single, unified law.
LAFCO Today - The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (AB 2838)
Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (AB 2838) further consolidated
LAFCO law and enabled LAFCOs to play a lead role in the orderly development
of all local agencies. Section 56001 of the Government Code reiterates
and emphasizes the State Legislature's policies of:
Purpose of LAFCO
Changes of organization mean any of the following: