Prepared by: Peter Banning, Executive Officer
165 North Redwood Drive, Suite 160 San Rafael, California 94903
The staff of Marin LAFCO gratefully acknowledge the time and effort of the staff and elected officials of southern Marin cities, special districts and the County who provided information and insight during the preparation of this report.
Uses of Spheres of Influence Adopted by LAFCO
This report is presented as part of a process mandated by Sections 56425 and 56430 of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000. As stated in that section, “In order to carry out its purposes and responsibilities for planning and shaping the logical and orderly development and coordination of local government agencies so as to advantageously provide for the present and future needs of the county and its communities, the Local Agency Formation Commission shall develop and determine the sphere of influence of each local governmental agency within the county.” As used in this section, “sphere of influence” means a plan for the probable physical boundaries and service area of a local government agency.
In determining a sphere of influence, the Commission is required to consider and make written findings with respect to the following factors:
Following adoption, spheres of influence act as a guide to LAFCO review of future proposals for changes to local government boundaries. LAFCO is now required to update adopted spheres of influence every five years. Other local agencies, especially cities and counties, recognize and incorporate adopted spheres of influence in their general plans. Cities usually rely on spheres to define the planning area of their general plans. The Community Facilities Element of the Countywide General Plan designates “urban service areas.”
New legislation effective in 2001 requires LAFCO to perform “service reviews” prior to updating spheres of influence. In conducting a service review, LAFCOs review all of the agencies that provide each local service within a designated geographic area. Service reviews are intended to open discussion of alternatives to existing service arrangements that may improve service levels, efficiency and/or political accountability.
Local Government Structure in Southern Marin
Local government agencies in southern Marin County provide service through a complex pattern of jurisdictional and inter-jurisdictional relationships between four cities, eleven independent special districts plus various county service areas governed by the Board of Supervisors and joint-powers authorities made up of combinations of cities and special districts. The existing structure of local government is exceptionally complex for an area the approximate size of the City of San Rafael.
The study area encompasses a population of approximately 52,000. The four cities together (Belvedere, Tiburon, Mill Valley and Sausalito) encompass a population of approximately 32,000 or 62% of the total study area population. A series of unincorporated areas ranging in population size of less than 1,000 (Alto and Muir Woods Park) to over 5,000 (Tamalpais Valley). All areas within the study area receive services from a combination of a city, the county and one or more special districts.
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Notice of Special Meeting and Agenda
Notice of Review
Interested parties are welcome to review and comment on the proposed revisions prepared by Marin LAFCO's Policy Committee to the agency's Policies, Procedures and Guidelines in implementing its regulatory duties and responsibilities. Click here to review the proposed draft.
Countywide Municipal Service Review on Public Water Services: Final Report and Determinations
The Commission will open a public hearing to consider the final report and recommendations therein prepared by the Executive Office as part of the agency's Countywide Municipal Service Review on Public Water Services. The final report follows the earlier presentation and circulation of a draft report and focuses on independently assessing the capacity and performance of all six public potable water service systems in Marin County relative to current and projected community needs. The report is intended to serve as the source document in informing future actions of Marin LAFCO to update spheres od influence, approve boundary changes, and/or order reorganizations. Public agencies subject to the report are (a) Bolinas Community Public Utility District (b) Inverness Public Utility District, (c) Marin Municipal Water District, (d) Muir Beach Community Services District, (e) North Marin Water District, and the (f) Stinson Beach County Water District.
Adoption of Project Scope of Analysis for the Central Marin Wastewater Study
This action - if approved - is to formally adopt LAFCO's project scope of analysis to guide the agency's scheduled municipal service review on wastewater service in Central Marin County. The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (CKH) directs Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs) to regularly prepare municipal service reviews in conjunction with establishing and updating each local agency's sphere of influence as provided under Government Code Section 56430. An associated staff report will be available for download at www.marinlafco.org 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.
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