Next Marin LAFCO Meeting will be April 10, 2014.

  • Land Preservation

    Urban sprawl can best be described as irregular and disorganized growth occurring without apparent design or plan. This pattern of development is characterized by the inefficient delivery of urban services (police, fire, water, and sanitation) and the unnecessary loss of agricultural resources and open space lands.
  • Local Organization

    LAFCO must consider the effect that any proposal will produce on existing agricultural lands. By guiding development toward vacant urban land and away from agricultural preserves, LAFCO assists with the preservation of our valuable agricultural resources.
  • Community Coordination

    Marin LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) is responsible for reviewing proposals for the formation of new local governmental agencies and for changes in the organization of existing agencies.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

headlands-lafcoThe Local Agency Formation Commission was created by the California Legislature in 1963 to discourage urban sprawl and encourage the orderly formation and development of local government agencies.

There is a LAFCO in each county in California. Marin LAFCO is a seven-member Commission comprised of two city council members (chosen by the Council of Mayors), two county supervisor members (chosen by the Board of Supervisors), two special district members (chosen by Independent Special District election), and one public member (chosen by the members of the Commission).

    1. To review and approve or disapprove proposals for changes in the boundaries or organization of cities and special districts in the county (including annexations to or detachments from cities and districts, incorporations of cities, formations of districts, and the dissolution, consolidation or merger of special districts), applications for activation of special district latent powers, and applications to provide service outside of a city or district boundary;
    2. To establish and periodically update the sphere of influence or planned service area boundary for each city and special district;
    3. To initiate and assist in studies of existing local government agencies with the goal of improving the efficiency and reducing the costs of providing urban services; and
    4. To provide assistance to other governmental agencies and the public concerning changes in local government organization and boundaries.

Mission Statement
blueprint2The Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) promotes and coordinates the efficient delivery of local governmental services and encourages the preservation of open space and agricultural lands.

The Marin LAFCO directory provides a full list of government agencies, board members and other important information and agency facts. The directory also includes links to interactive maps which disaply city limits, community boundaries and other highlighted features.


LAFCO Directory

Public Meeting Notice

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN BY THE MARIN LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION (LAFCO) that on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in the City of San Rafael Council Chambers located at 1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California the agency will consider the following action:


Adoption of Proposed Budget and Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2014-2015


In accordance with Government Code Section 56381, Marin LAFCO will consider adopting a proposed budget and work plan to fund and direct, respectively, the agency’s regulatory and planning responsibilities for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.    Public comments on are welcomed through the end of the scheduled hearing and will inform the preparation of final documents for future adoption.  An associated staff report on the proposed budget and work plan will be available for download at approximately one week prior to the hearing date.   You may also request a written copy of the associated staff report by contacting LAFCO at 415-446-4409. 


Keene Simonds, Executive Officer

Marin Local Agency Formation Commission

March 17, 2014