CHAPTER I. GENERAL AUTHORITY & MANDATE

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.

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CHAPTER II. LAFCO OPERATIONS

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.

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CHAPTER III. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS

Chapter III. Policies and Procedures for the Evaluation of                                       Proposals


Section 1.  General Policies & Standards

  1. Agency Consolidation Policy

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.

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CHAPTER IV. SPHERES OF INFLUENCE

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."

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LAFCO Policy and Procedure Guidelines

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.


Section 2.  General Legislative Authority

These Policies, Procedures and Guidelines shall apply to the Local Agency Formation Commission of the County of Marin (hereinafter referred to as LAFCO or the Commission) and are adopted pursuant to the authority vested in the Commission by Division 3 (commencing with §56000) of Title 5 of the California Government Code (Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000). Amendments to these Policies, Procedures and Guidelines shall be made by majority vote of the Commission.

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Policy Update 2015

Marin LAFCO’s current work plan includes direction to the Policy Committee (Baker, Blanchfield, and Burdick) to complete a comprehensive update of the Commission’s Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.   This update was initiated in the prior fiscal year and marks the first comprehensive review of the policies since 2000.  Guiding the update is the Commission’s interest to incorporate all current statutory requirements and  reflect the collective preferences of the membership in implementing LAFCO law in Marin County.

The scheduled updated has been divided into four sequential work phases.  These phases have been constructed to bring forward sets of related revisions ultimately covering all six anticipated chapters comprising the eventual rechristened “Policy Handbook” in manageable increments for review and ultimate action.  A brief description of each of these phases follow with the corresponding documents provided.

 

·    Phase One (General Business and Operations)

This initial phase includes the first three chapters of the Policy Handbook covering introduction, responsibilities and duties, and business and operation.   The Commission tentatively accepted proposed revisions at its June 2015 meeting and are available for viewing by clicking here.

 

·    Phase Two (Regulatory Activities)

This phase includes the fourth chapter of the Policy Handbook and addresses the Commission’s policies in administering the agency’s regulatory activities with specific focus on prescribing the timing, consideration, and action therein on proposed boundary changes and outside service extensions.  The Commission tentatively accepted proposed revisions at its August 2015 meeting and are available for viewing by clicking here.

 

·     Phase Three (Planning Activities)

This phase includes the fifth chapter of the Policy Handbook and addresses the Commission’s policies in administering the agency’s planning activities with specific focus on spheres of influence and municipal service reviews.   The Commission received a draft proposal on this phase at its August 2015 meeting and is currently seeking public comments before revisiting the item at its October 2015 meeting.   A copy of the proposed revisions are available by clicking here.

 

·    Phase Four (Personnel)

This phase includes the sixth and final chapter of the Policy Handbook and addresses the Commission’s personnel policies and includes workplace standards, job classifications and benefits, and disciplinary processes.   A draft proposal on this phase is expected to be presented for initial Commission review in October 2015.