Next Marin LAFCO Meeting will be August 14, 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.
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July 12, 2012 - Response to Civil Grand Jury Report "Preschoolers Learn to Share - Can Local Governments?"

On May 29, 2012, the Marin Civil Grand Jury issued a report entitled “Pre-Schoolers Learn to Share – Can Local Governments?”. Over the past year, staff has been contacted by the Grand Jury on various local government questions, most recently on the number of special districts in Marin County. Prior to that, staff provided information on successful political consolidations, to which the Grand Jury added other examples of functional consolidation.

The Grand Jury’s research concentrated on the number and variety of governmental entities in Marin County and argued that in such a complex system, that opportunities for increased efficiency and cost savings were present and must be pursued as a fundamental component of public policy.

Download this file (7-12-12-EOR-proposed-response.pdf)7-12-12-EOR-proposed-response.pdf[ ]72 kB

The Marin LAFCO directory provides a 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

Job Opportunity - Analyst / Extra Hire

FINAL DEADLINE:  Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5:00 P.M.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest that includes responses to supplemental questions and accompanied by a resume no later than Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5:00 P.M.   Materials MUST be submitted by e-mail and directed to Keene Simonds at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applicants MUST currently be in their junior or senior year of college, or currently a graduate student in public administrative, urban planning, or a closely related field.

Download Job Announcement - Analyst / Extra Hire

Public Meeting Notice


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN BY THE MARIN LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION (LAFCO) that on Thursday, June 12, 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 actions:


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


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



Adoption of Final Study Schedule for 2013-2017



This action - if approved - is to formally calendar LAFCO's municipal service reviews and sphere of influence updates for the current 2013-2017 legislative cycle as provided under Government Code Sections 56430 and 56425.  An associated staff report will be available for download approximately one week prior to the hearing date.  You may also request a written copy of the staff report by contacting LAFCO at (415) 446-4409.