TO ENCOURAGE THE ORDERLY FORMATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES
LAFCO reviews proposals for the formation of new local governmental agencies and changes of organization in existing agencies. 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. Butte LAFCO decisions strive to balance the competing needs in Butte County for affordable housing, economic opportunity, and conservation of natural resources.
TO PRESERVE AGRICULTURAL LAND RESOURCES
LAFCO must consider the effect that any proposal will produce on existing agricultural lands. By guiding development toward vacant urban land and away from agricultural preserves, LAFCO assists with the preservation of our valuable agricultural resources in Butte County.
TO DISCOURAGE URBAN SPRAWL
Urban sprawl can best be described as irregular and disorganized growth occurring without apparent design or plan. This pattern of development is characterized by the inefficient delivery of urban services (police, fire, water and sanitation) and the unnecessary loss of agricultural land. By discouraging sprawl, Butte LAFCO limits the misuse of land resources and promotes a more efficient system of local governmental agencies.