Planning and Land Use Laws for LAFCo Staff

Held April 5, 2011 in Ventura

LAFCos work to solve major issues that cover a wide variety of objectives.  Because the process is collaborative, LAFCo staff often work with experts in several disciplines, including planners at city, county, regional and state levels. This course provides an overview of contemporary planning and land use laws and practices in California, and how they pertain to LAFCos.  Learn about State planning and land use laws, and how cities and counties implement them.  Understand how these laws and practices intersect with the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act, the similarities and differences, and effective ways to participate in local planning processes.  Topics include:  General Plans; specific plans, pre-zoning, and zoning; land use entitlements such as subdivision maps, conditional use permits, variances and development agreements; environmental review process; eminent domain, regulatory takings and exactions; redevelopment; initiatives, referendums.  Knowledgeable instructors will illustrate the relationships between these topics and municipal service reviews, Spheres of Influence, annexations, and other LAFCo functions.    ​