Chapter I. General Authority & Mandate
Section 1. Mission Statement
The Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) promotes and coordinates the efficient delivery of local governmental services and encourages the preservation of open space and agricultural lands.
Chapter II. LAFCO Operations
Section 1. Selection of Commissioners
Marin LAFCO has seven regular members consisting of two members of the County Board of Supervisors (selected by the Board of Supervisors), two city council members (selected by the mayors of the 11 cities in Marin County), two special district board members (selected by the 30 special districts) and one public member (selected by the other six members of the Commission). For each of the four categories of LAFCO membership, there is also selected an alternate member to serve in the absence of a regular member.
The County Board of Supervisors and the City Selection Committee have established procedures for selection of LAFCO's county and city representatives pursuant to §56325(a). Pursuant to §56332, Marin LAFCO has established the following procedure for the selection of the Commission's public member and special district members and alternate members.
Chapter III. Policies and Procedures for the Evaluation of Proposals
Section 1. General Policies & Standards
It is the intent of LAFCO to encourage the rationalization of local government organization through the elimination or consolidation of small, single purpose special districts. Wherever the full range of urban services is required, general-purpose governments are preferred to special districts for the provision of services.
CHAPTER IV. Spheres of Influence
Section 1. Legislative Authority
Government Code Section 56425 requires LAFCO to perform studies and adopt boundary plans for each local government agency subject to its authority. Those boundary plans are called "spheres of influence." A sphere of influence is defined as "Éa plan for the probable physical boundaries and service area of a local agency, as determined by the Commission."