Mission + Goals

Marin LAFCO is a subdivision of the State of California and currently responsible for administering the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (CKH). This includes regulating and planning the orderly formation and expansion of local government agencies and their municipal service areas based on local conditions and circumstances. In carrying out its duties, LAFCO is required to balance orderly development with the sometimes competing state interests of discouraging urban sprawl, preserving open space and prime agricultural lands,efficiently extending government services, and providing housing for persons and families of all incomes. 

Marin LAFCO’s authority in regulating and planning government boundaries and service areas in Marin County include, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Establish new cities, towns, and special districts through incorporations and formations.
  • Increase or decrease city, town, and special district jurisdictional boundaries through annexations and detachments.
  • Consolidate or merge two or more existing cities, towns, and special districts.
  • Disincorporate and dissolve cities, towns, and special districts. 
  • Establish and regularly update spheres of influence - which are plans for the probable jurisdictional boundaries and services areas and gatekeepers in allowing future changes - for all cities, towns, and special districts.
  • Regularly conduct independent studies - including municipal service reviews - evaluating the availability, performance, and need for governmental services to inform the Commission's regulatory functions. 

Mission Statement

The Marin Local Agency Formation Commission promotes and coordinates the efficient delivery of local government services and encourages the preservation of open space and agricultural lands.