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