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What is LAFCO?

 

LAFCO = Local Agency Formation Commission.  Definition:  

Local Agency Formation Commissions or LAFCOs are regional service planning agencies of the State of California.   LAFCOs are located in all 58 counties and exercise regulatory and  planning powers in step with their prescribed directive to oversee the  establishment, expansion, governance, and dissolution of local  government agencies and their municipal service areas to meet current  and future community needs.  LAFCOs were established in 1963 and  administer a section of California planning law now known as the  Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2001. 

LAFCOs' regulatory powers are outlined in California Government  Code Sections 56375 and 56133.  This include approving, establishing,  expanding, reorganizing, and, in limited circumstances, dissolving  cities and special districts.   LAFCOs are also responsible for  approving all outside service extensions by contract or agreement  beginning in 2001.   LAFCOs' regulatory powers are generally exercised  in response to applications filed by other local agencies, landowners,  or registered voters.   LAFCOs' are also allowed to initiate certain  proposals if consistent with a recommendation from its own planning  studies, such as establishing, consolidating, or dissolving special  districts. 

LAFCOs' planning responsibilities are explicit to informing their  regulatory powers and highlighted by establishing spheres of influence  for all cities and special districts.   Spheres of influence represent  the State of California's version of municipal growth boundaries and  demark the territory that the LAFCO independently believes represents  the appropriate and probable future jurisdictional boundary and service  area of the subject agency. All jurisdictional boundary changes and  outside service extensions, notably, must be consistent with the subject  agencies' spheres of influence, with limited exceptions. 


The incorporation process for this area falls under the San Bernardino County LAFCO.


Excerpts from San Bernardino County LAFCO website: The role  of the Commission:   

   -Encourage orderly growth.
  -Promote logical and orderly service boundaries for cities and special districts.
  -Discourage premature conversion of prime agricultural lands to urban uses.
  -Promote efficient and effective service delivery for cities and special districts. 


The state legislature has given the Commission three primary functions to help achieve those goals.   


First, the Commission has been given a planning function which is  accomplished through its "sphere of influence" program. A sphere of  influence is defined as the probable future service boundary of a city  or special district, and it represents the area within which the city or  district is expected to grow. Properly established, the sphere of  influence line discourages competition among agencies for developable  land, it promotes orderly land use and service planning, and it provides  direction to landowners when and if they need a broader range or higher  level of services.    


The second role of the Commission is its regulatory function. By law,  any proposal to add land to a city or special district (annexation),  create a new city or special district (incorporation or formation),  remove land from a city or special district (detachment), consolidate,  merge, or dissolve cities or special districts must be reviewed and  approved by the Local Agency Formation Commission. 


The third role of the Commission provided in state law is its function  of special studies. The Commission is empowered by law to investigate  the efficiency and effectiveness of cities and special districts, and to  propose changes in organization where appropriate. For example, the  Commission might review the pattern of service boundaries that overlay a  community or region and suggest changes that might improve the  effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.   


For more info visit www.sbclafco.org  or call  909-388-0480  

Who can sign the Petition for Incorporation?

Any voter registered within the boundaries of the proposed new city of Lake Gregory. This includes Cedarpines Park, Crestline, San Moritz, Lake Gregory, Valley of Enchantment, Valley of the Moon, parts of Twin Peaks. Property ownership does not matter, just voter registration.

Is Incorporate Lake Gregory a non-profit organization?

ILG states that it is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. However, being "501(c)(3)" means that a  particular nonprofit organization has been approved by the Internal  Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization, to which donations are tax deductible. Upon application, the IRS will review the organization to see if it qualifies and if so, issue a "Letter of Determination."  As of 05-17-2019, ILG has not been so qualified by the IRS.  While it may still call itself a non-profit, it is NOT a 501(c)(3), therefore donations to ILG are NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE, as it claims when soliciting donations.

What will it cost to incorporate?

The LAFCO process can run in excess of $150,000.00

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