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The Next LAFCO Meeting

Gary Patton, Land Use Report, KUSP, 11/23/12

The Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, was scheduled to make a controversial decision on November 7th, but that decision got delayed. The City of Santa Cruz and UCSC want LAFCO to authorize the City to extend water service to the UCSC North Campus. This is an area outside the area where the City currently provides water. Under state law, LAFCO has the responsibility of deciding whether or not this extension of water service should be allowed. LAFCO policies say that water service should be extended only if LAFCO finds there is an “adequate, reliable, and sustainable” water supply.

Wittwer & Parkin, the law firm with which I am associated, represents the Community Water Coalition or the CWC. This community group takes the position that the City does not, at the current time, have an “adequate, reliable, and sustainable” water supply. The CWC believes that allowing the University to take more City water, to facilitate the University’s growth plans, and to construct over 3,000,000 square feet of new buildings in what is now a natural reserve area, would put current water users, and the natural environment, in jeopardy.

There was no decision on November 7th. If you want to get involved, mark your calendar for the next LAFCO meeting, on December 5th. That’s when the Commission is now scheduled to address this issue.

More Information:

The Next LAFCO Meeting

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

LAFCO Website

November 7, 2012 Agenda

LAFCO Policies (Water Policies Highlighted)

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