Notification to Railroads
CALAFCO has organized single-point notification for BNSF and UP railroads for all LAFCos. Now LAFCos have one place to file landowner notices for the railroads. For info click on Railroad Contacts. Beginning on 1 January 2010 LAFCos may also waive protest proceedings if a railroad has not provided written objection (see AB 1582 sec. 3).
CALAFCO Now AICP Credit Provider
Certified Planners can earn credits at CALAFCO events
CALAFCO is accredited by the American Planning Association as a credit provider for the American Institute of Certified Planners. AICP certified planners may earn credits at CALAFCO workshops, conferences and courses. AICP certified planners log in their credits at: www.planning.org/cm. Click on "Report CM Credits" and log in. Search for "California Assn of Local Agency Formation Commissions" under CM Provider and log in your credits.
Become a Certified Planner
AICP certification may be an important professional development opportunity for you. For information visit the APA web site at www.planning.org, or contact Humboldt/Del Norte LAFCo EO George Williamson at 707/445-7508.
Climate Change Laws and Regulations Affect Local Agencies
The Global Warming Solutions act, AB 32, requires California to cut greenhouse gas emission to 1990 levels by 2020. In 2008 SB 375 was signed into law which requires local communities to consider greenhouse gas reductions in planning and local decisions. Some of the planning decisions will involve LAFCo. A number of resources are available to better understand these laws and impacts on local agency planning:
CALAFCO University Course Materials
SB 375 CEQA Provisions Flow Charts
From the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, these charts provide the steps for review of specific projects in Sustainable Community Strategies.
Understanding AB 32 - A Local Officials Guide (Nov. 2010)
Understanding SB 375 - A Local Officials Guide (Nov. 2010)
Both of these Guides have been prepared by the Institute for Local Government on the legal aspects and requirements of the laws. The Institute is the research arm of the League of Cities and CSAC.