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Local Agency Formation Commissions


Lcal agency formation commissions (sometimes referred to by the acronym “LAFCO”) serve three purposes:

  1. To encourage the orderly formation of local agencies,
  2. To preserve agricultural land resources, and
  3. To discourage urban sprawl.

Each county has a local agency formation commission.

The composition of each commission varies, but at a minimum each has two representatives from the county board of supervisors, two representatives who serve as city council member from cities within the county, and one representative from the public.

Local agency formation commissions make important boundary decisions that affect resident services.

CalLAFCO is a statewide association providing educational and technical services to local agency formation commissions, as well as serving as a resource to state policymakers on local agency formation commission issues.

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