How does LAFCO encourage the orderly formation of local agencies?

LAFCos review proposals for the formation of new local governmental agencies and for changes in the organization of existing agencies. There are 58 LAFCos working with nearly 3,500 governmental agencies (400+ cities, and 3,000+ special districts). Agency boundaries are often unrelated to one another and sometimes overlap at random, often leading to higher service costs to the taxpayer and general confusion regarding service area boundaries. LAFCo decisions strive to balance the competing needs in California for efficient services, affordable housing, economic opportunity, and conservation of natural resources.