Boundary Changes | Mandatory Review Factors

 All change of organization proposals filed with Marin LAFCO are ultimately subject to a review of no less than 15 specific factors under State law.  The majority of the prescribed factors established by the Legislature focus on the impacts of the proposed boundary changes on the service and financial capacities of the affected agencies.  No single factor is determinative and the intent is to provide a uniform baseline in considering boundary changes in context to locally adopted policies and practices.  Prominent factors are listed below.
  • Land area and land use, topography, natural boundaries and drainage basins, population, population density, and proximity to other populated areas,

  • Likelihood of significant growth in the area and in adjacent incorporated and unincorporated areas during the next ten years,

  • Effect of the proposed action and of alternate actions on adjacent areas, mutual social and economic interests, and the local governmental structure,
  • Need for organized community services, the present cost and adequacy, and probable future needs for governmental services and controls in the area,

  • Probable effects of the proposal and of alternatives on the cost and adequacy of services and controls in the area and adjacent areas,

  • Ability of the entity to provide services to the area, including the sufficiency of revenues for those services,

  • Timely availability of water supplies adequate for projected needs,

  • Extent to which the proposal will assist the entity in achieving its fair share of regional housing needs,

  • Consistency with appropriate city or county general and specific plans and the sphere of influence of any local agency, which may be applicable to the proposal,

  • Definiteness and certainty of the boundaries of the territory, the non-conformance of proposed boundaries with lines of assessment or ownership, the creation of islands or corridors of unincorporated territory, and other similar matters affecting the proposed boundary,

  • Conformity of the proposal and anticipated effects with adopted Commission policies on providing planned, orderly efficient patterns of urban development.

  • Impact on environmental justice.