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welcome images In 1963, the California Legislature responded to the urban boundary wars, and the problem of public finance and service they created, by enacting the Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs). This law established a commission in each county responsible for overseeing most forms of local government boundary change, including incorporation, annexations, and special district formations. In the interest of more orderly development, LAFCOs were to act as judges of boundary disputes among governments and communities. Since 1963, numerous changes have been made to the law, culminating in the current Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act of 2000, operative January 1, 2001.

Next Regular LAFCO meeting Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time:1:30 PM
Board of Supervisors Chambers
651 Pine Street, Martinez | View Map

Agendas and Minutes

John T. Knox

September 30, 1924–April 3, 2017John T. Knox in front of CA capital

John T. Knox was the “father” of LAFCOs and CEQA, two of California’s signature laws governing land use.

If you are interested in attending the memorial service on June 11 in Richmond, or submitting comments regarding your memories of Mr. Knox, please email Alison Kranz at

In lieu of flowers please consider donating in his honor to the ACLU.

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Request for Proposals: 2nd Round Municipal Services Review: Healthcare Services
Deadline 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017

West Contra Costa Healthcare District Special Study Accepted at December 14, 2016 Meeting

Rollingwood Wilart Park Recreation & Park District Special Study Accepted at February 8 Meeting

LAFCO adopts Agricultural & Open Space Preservation Policy

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and Staff:
651 Pine Street, 6th Floor
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: 925-335-1094
Fax: 925-335-1031
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