Policies and Standards

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 as necessary.