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LAFCO Water Policies 2011

Gary Patton, KUSP Land Use Report, 1/14/11

The Local Agency Formation Commission is not what you would call a well-known governmental agency. But it’s an important one! LAFCO, as it’s called, has jurisdiction over a number of important governmental decisions: Should residents wanting to establish a new city be permitted to move forward with their proposal? Should agricultural or other lands be annexed to an existing city? Should a water or sewer service provider be allowed to extend service into a new area? All of these decisions, which have major implications for the future growth and development of a community, are under the jurisdiction of LAFCO.

If you would like to see a LAFCO in action, and if you would like to participate in an important rulemaking process now underway in Santa Cruz County, mark your calendar for 9:30 in the morning on Wednesday, February 2nd. The Santa Cruz County LAFCO will be meeting at that time on the Fifth Floor of the Santa Cruz County Governmental Center, to decide whether or not to adopt a set of new water policies, to guide LAFCO decisions that might affect either water supply or water quality.

I have been following the development of the proposed guidelines as part of my work as an attorney for the Community Water Coalition. I expect I’ll be making comments, and attending the upcoming public hearing, and I hope you’ll think about getting involved, too. There is more information in the transcript of today’s Land Use Report.

For KUSP, this is Gary Patton.

More Information
Gary Patton writes a daily blog, “Two Worlds / 365” –
Santa Cruz County LAFCO –
Information on Proposed Water Policy Guidelines –
Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper article on LAFCO water policies –

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