Marin LAFCO Commission will hold a special meeting on May 14, 2015 

  • Protecting Against Urban Sprawl

    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.
  • Preparing Studies

    Marin LAFCO is responsible for regularly preparing studies to independently assess the relationship between service demands and community needs.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

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.

Attachments:
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

LAFCO News

The Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) announces the appointment of Jeffry Blanchfield to a new four-year term as the agency’s regular public member.  The appointment was made following interviews in open session with other applicants and becomes effective on May 4, 2015.   Mr. Blanchfield has served as the regular public member on Marin LAFCO since 1999 and formerly employed as the Chief Planning Officer of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.  Mr. Blanchfield and his family reside in Mill Valley. 

The Marin LAFCO Commission is currently accepting ballots from the Marin County independent special districts to elect or re-appoint a regular special district member and an alternate special district member.  Ballots are due to the LAFCO office no later than 5:00pm on April 18, 2015.  Ballots may be submitted either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to (415) 446-4410. 

On February 12, 2015 the Marin LAFCO Commission announced that applications are being accepted for the appointment of the regular public member seat.  The appointee's term would begin May 2015 and extend to  May 2019.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, March 13, 2015.  Click here for an application or contact the Marin LAFCO office by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone (415) 446-4409.

On December 12, 2014 the Marin LAFCO Commission began the process to elect or re-apoint a regular special district member and an alternate special district member.  A Call for Nominations went out to the 30 independent special districts to nominate a board member to serve on the LAFCO Commission for the term May 2015 - May 2019.  Nominations will be accepted until 5:00PM on February 12, 2015. 

On October 9, 2014 the Marin LAFCO Commission approved a new application fee schedule that took effect December 9, 2014.