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  • GUIDELINES, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    ALAMEDA LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION

    COMMISSION

    NOVEMBER 2003

  • Alameda Local Agency Formation Commission Members

    Special District: Alameda County: Jocelyn Combs Gail Steele Katy Foulkes Nate Miley Herbert Crowle, Alternate Scott Haggerty, Alternate City: Public Janet Lockhart, Vice Chair Robert Butler, Chair Marshall Kamena Linda Sheehan, Alternate Jennifer Hosterman, Alternate Published by: Alameda Local Agency Formation Commission 1221 Oak Street, Room 555, Oakland, Ca. 94612 Phone: 510-271-5142; FAX: 510-272-3784; Web site: www.co.alameda.ca.us/lafco/index.shtml Staff: Executive Officer: Lou Ann Texeira Planner: Barbara Graichen Commission Clerk: Sandy Hou Legal Counsel: Eric Chambliss Prepared by: Graichen Consulting 5010 Sorento Road, Sacramento California 95835, Phone: 916-991-2177; FAX: 916-991-0906; E-mail: [email protected] Acknowledgements: This document is an update of the May 2002 Guidelines prepared by Graichen Consulting with contributions by San Diego and El Dorado LAFCos, and former staff members Brian Washington and Esther Concepcion.

  • LAFCo Guidelines, Policies and Procedures, November 2003

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    VOLUME I PART I. GENERAL INFORMATION................................................................................ 1

    A. Purpose Of Guidelines and Procedures ................................................................ 1

    B. Contacting Alameda LAFCo and Obtaining Information...................................... 1

    C. Submitting an Application ...................................................................................... 1

    D. Meeting Agenda Mailing List .................................................................................. 2

    E. Background on LAFCos........................................................................................... 2

    F. LAFCo Powers ......................................................................................................... 2

    G. LAFCos Mission ..................................................................................................... 3

    H. LAFCo Functions...................................................................................................... 4

    1. Determining and Updating Spheres of Influence ............................................. 4 2. Processing Changes of Organization or Reorganization ................................ 4 3. Conducting Special Studies............................................................................... 5 4. Approving Out of Agency Contract Services ................................................... 6 5. Conducting Service Reviews ............................................................................. 6

    I. State Mandated Factors That Must Be Considered................................................ 6

    J. LAFCo Funding ........................................................................................................ 8

    PART II. GENERAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES .................................................. 9

    1.1. The Commission ................................................................................................... 9 1.2. Meetings............................................................................................................... 10 1.3. Budget and Operations....................................................................................... 12 1.4 Special Studies..................................................................................................... 13 1.5. Conflicts of Interest and Financial Disclosure ................................................. 14 1.6. LAFCo Fees ......................................................................................................... 15 1.7. General Application Policies and Requirements.............................................. 17 1.8. CEQA Compliance............................................................................................... 19 1.9. Boundary Lines ................................................................................................... 25 1.01. Agriculture and Open Space26

  • 1.02. Other General .................................................................................................... 27 PART III. GENERAL PROPOSAL PROCESSING PROCEDURES.............................. 29

    2.0 Discretionary Review Process .............................................................................. 29 2.1. Presubmittal Process..................................................................................... 29 2.2. Application Preparation and Submittal ......................................................... 30 2.3. Application Review ........................................................................................ 33 2.4. Public Hearings .............................................................................................. 34 2.5. Reconsideration ............................................................................................ 36 3.0. Conducting Authority Proceedings..................................................................... 37 4.0. Final Recordation, Filings and Notifications....................................................... 41

    PART IV. CHANGES OF ORGANIZATION AND REORGANIZATION......................... 43

    5.0. General City Annexation and Detachment Policies and Criteria ....................... 43 6.0. Specific City Annexation Policies and Procedures ............................................ 45 Policies.................................................................................................................. 45 Procedures............................................................................................................ 46 7.0. Specific Special District Annexation Policies and Procedures........................ 47 Policies.................................................................................................................. 48 Procedures............................................................................................................ 48 8.0 Specific Special District Detachment Policies and Procedures........................ 49 Policies.................................................................................................................. 49 Procedures............................................................................................................ 49 9.0. Specific Special District Formation Policies and Procedures ......................... 50 About Formations ................................................................................................. 50 Policies.................................................................................................................. 50 Procedures............................................................................................................ 51 10.0. District Latent Powers........................................................................................ 53 Policies.................................................................................................................. 53 Procedures ........................................................................................................... 53

  • 11.0. District Consolidation ....................................................................................... 54 Policies.................................................................................................................. 54 Procedures ........................................................................................................... 54 12.0. District Dissolution............................................................................................. 55 Policies................................................................................................................... 55 Procedures ............................................................................................................ 56 13.0. District Mergers And Establishment Of Subsidiary Districts........................... 57 Policies.................................................................................................................. 58 Procedures ........................................................................................................... 58 14.0. Incorporations .................................................................................................... 60 Policies and Standards........................................................................................ 61 Application Requirements................................................................................... 65 Procedures ........................................................................................................... 68 15.0. City Consolidation and Disincorporation........................................................ 75 Policies.................................................................................................................. 75 Procedures............................................................................................................ 76 16.0. Reorganization and Special Reorganization Procedures................................. 76 17.0. Spheres of Influence ........................................................................