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LAFCO's are charged
with establishing policies and exercising their powers "...In a manner
that encourages and provides planned, well-ordered, efficient urban development
patterns with appropriate consideration of preserving open-space lands
within those patters" and with "...the discouragement of urban
sprawl and the encouragement of the orderly formation and development
of local agencies based upon local conditions and circumstances."
(Government Code Sections 56300 and 56301) In carrying out its responsibilities,
each LAFCO must conduct various studies and review and make determinations
on changes of organization, reorganizations and spheres of influence.
The following policies and standards have been adopted by the Santa Barbara
LAFCO to assist in the review of proposals and the preparation of studies