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Gary Patton, Land Use Report, KUSP

Friday, January 28, 2011 – Santa Cruz County LAFCO Meeting Next Week

Public participation in land use policy decision-making can have a dramatic impact on our future. City governments and County governments play the leading role, but let’s not forget how important the decisions of water and transportation agencies can be, too. If you are at all willing to get involved in land use policy making, you have many opportunities to do so, right at the local level. If you want to enroll in the “graduate program” of public policy involvement, then paying attention to state and federal agencies is also appropriate.

There is another important governmental agency, rooted in the local community, but more accurately seen as a state level policy body, that has a major role to play in land use decision making. That is LAFCO, the Local Agency Formation Commission. Next week, I hope you’ll consider getting personally familiar with LAFCO by attending the Santa Cruz County LAFCO meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 2nd. The meeting will be held on the Fifth Floor of the Santa Cruz County Government Center.

Next Wednesday, I expect to be at the LAFCO meeting myself, on behalf of the Community Water Coalition, which my law firm represents. Water policy issues are scheduled to be on the agenda, and so is the process for considering the extension of water service to UCSC, to facilitate University expansion into the UCSC “North Campus” area.

For KUSP, this is Gary Patton.

More Information

Gary Patton writes a daily blog, “Two Worlds / 365” – www.gapatton.net Monterey County LAFCO website - http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/lafco/ Santa Cruz County LAFCO website – http://www.santacruzlafco.org/ Santa Cruz County LAFCO water policy issues - http://www.santacruzlafco.org/pages/notices.html

*The Wittwer & Parkin law firm is located in Santa Cruz, California, and practices environmental and governmental law. As part of its practice, the law firm files litigation and takes other action on behalf of its clients, which are typically private individuals, governmental agencies, environmental organizations, or community groups. Whenever the Land Use Report comments on an issue with which the Wittwer & Parkin law firm is involved on behalf of a client, Mr. Patton will make this relationship clear, as part of his commentary. Mr. Patton’s comments do not represent the views of Wittwer & Parkin, LLP, KUSP Radio, nor of any of its sponsor.

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