The Local Agency
Formation Commission is committed to serving the
residents of San Luis Obispo County and the State of
California by discouraging urban sprawl and encouraging
the orderly formation and development of local agencies
based on local conditions and circumstances.
Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act of 2000 calls on the Local
Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to make decisions
while balancing the following goals:
Growth and Development
LAFCO considers proposals for the formation of new local
governmental agencies including Cities and Special
Districts. LAFCO is also responsible for
considering annexations and detachments for agencies.
LAFCO also determines the Sphere of Influence, which is
a plan for the probable physical boundary of a City or
Provision of Public Services
LAFCO reviews proposals based on a variety of factors
including: a plan for services submitted by the
agency, resource and infrastructure capacity, and the
need for services.
LAFCO considers the impact that a proposal may have on
existing agricultural lands with focus on prime
agricultural lands. San Luis Obispo LAFCO has
adopted specific policies regarding the preservation of
Urban sprawl can best be described as irregular and
disorganized growth occurring without apparent design or
plan. By discouraging sprawl, LAFCO limits the
misuse of land resources and promotes a more efficient
system of services by local governmental agencies.