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State Law Governing Resource Conservation Districts

(Sections 9151-9978, Public Resources Code)

Resource conservation districts are governed by a board of directors consisting of 5, 7 or 9 members who are appointed or elected (9301). If two or more districts consolidate or reorganize to form a single district then LAFCO may temporarily increase the number of directors to 7, 9 or 11.

A resource conservation district may be formed for the control of runoff, the prevention or control of soil erosion, the development and distribution of water as well as the improvement of land capabilities (9151). Resource conservation districts can be initiated through a resolution of the County Board of Supervisors or through a petition signed by no less than 10% of registered voters residing within the proposed area (9025). A Notice of Intention must be filled with the LAFCO Executive Officer prior to circulation of the petition beginning (Government Code 56700.4). Once formation proceedings have been initiated a noticed public hearing must be held. The LAFCO Commission may approve, modify, or deny the proposed district formation after receiving public testimony.

The conducting authority will, within 35 days of the adoption of the Commissions resolution, call and give notice of an election to be held in the territory of the proposed district (9181). The Commission of the principal county may order formation of the district without an election if the Commission finds that the petition filed with LAFCO has been signed by not less than 80% of the registered voters residing within the area to be included in the district. If the formation of the district is ordered without an election, the Commission will designate the members of the board of directors (9182).

The following territory may be included within the proposed boundaries of a resource conservation district (9152):

(1) Those generally of value for agricultural purposes, including farm and range land useful for the production of agricultural crops or for the pasturing of livestock;
(2) Those necessary for the control of runoff, the prevention of soil erosion, and the development and distribution of water; and
(3) Those necessary for land improvement, and for fully accomplishing he purposes for which the district is formed (9152).

Additional lands may be annexed to the district in accordance with the provisions of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000, Sections 56000, et seq. of the Government Code. The lands need not be contiguous but shall be susceptible to the same general plan or system for control of runoff, the prevention or control of soil erosion, the development and distribution of water, and land improvement (9481).

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