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  • Is LAFCo required to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)?
    Yes. LAFCo must comply with CEQA. Generally, LAFCo is a responsible agency in the CEQA process. There are occasions when LAFCo will be lead agency in situations such as: Sphere of Influence or proposals initiated by the Commission itself.
  • What is a Sphere of Influence (SOI)?
    A sphere of influence is a planning tool adopted and used by LAFCo to designate the future boundary and service area for a city or special district.
  • Does LAFCo charge a fee to process jurisdictional boundary change proposals?
    State law authorizes LAFCo to charge the estimated reasonable cost to process jurisdictional boundary change proposals. Processing fees vary depending on the type of proposal (i.e., district formation, merger, reorganization, etc.), depends on actual costs to process. Please refer to LAFCos fee schedule located on-line at this web site or contact the LAFCo office at (530) 666-8048 for fee information.
  • Is the public notified about LAFCo actions?
    State law requires that LAFCo notify affected agencies and the public regarding most jurisdictional boundary change proposals. Notification of a pending proposal is made to County departments, interested individuals, petitioners, and local governmental agencies. In addition, comments are solicited from community groups as well as agencies that may potentially be affected by a LAFCo project. LAFCo must also wait until information is returned from the County Assessor, Auditor, and various state agencies before a proposal may be scheduled for a public hearing.
  • How long will it take to process my proposal?
    If your proposal is considered routine and is non-controversial, processing time is approximately 4 to 6 months after a complete set of application materials have been submitted to the LAFCo office. More complex proposals may take additional time to process.
  • When and where does the Commission meet?
    4th Thursday of each month, 9:00 a.m., except 
    December meeting on 1st Thursday, 9:00 a.m., and 
    no meetings in August or November.
    Erwin Meier County Administration Building
    Board of Supervisors Chambers
    625 Court Street, Room 206, Woodland, CA 95695.
  • Who are the members of LAFCo?
    The Yolo County LAFCo is composed of five regular Commissioners: two members from the Board of Supervisors; two members who represent the cities in Yolo County; and one who represents the public as a whole. There are three alternate Commissioners; one from each of the above-membership categories. LAFCo employs an independent staff headed by an Executive Officer.
  • What does LAFCo do?
    LAFCo is responsible for reviewing and approving proposed jurisdictional boundary changes, including annexations and detachments of territory to and/or from cities and special districts, incorporations of new cities, formations of new special districts, and consolidations, mergers, and dissolution of existing districts. In addition, LAFCo must review and approve contractual service agreements, determine spheres of influence for each city and district, and may initiate proposals involving district consolidation, dissolution, establishment of subsidiary districts, mergers, and reorganizations (combinations of these jurisdictional changes).
  • What is LAFCo?
    LAFCo is an acronym for Local Agency Formation Commission. It is a regulatory agency with countywide jurisdiction, established by state law (Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000) to discourage urban sprawl and to encourage orderly and efficient provision of services, such as water, sewer, fire protection, etc. by review of local agency boundaries, formations and dissolutions.