promoting orderly growthand development
In November 2008, Orange County LAFCO reaffirmed the Municipal Service Review (MSR) determinations and Sphere of Influence (SOI) updates for each city and special district of Orange County. The next round of MSRs and SOI updates is scheduled to begin in 2013.
In accordance with a state mandate to complete MSRs and sphere updates, in July 29, 2009, the Orange County Commission launched the "Best Practices" program. The program represents an innovative approach to highlighting how municipal services are efficiently provided by cities and special districts to Orange County residents.
As part of this program, Orange County LAFCO will regularly profile specific "best practices" utilized by Orange County public agencies to deliver a quality level of municipal services throughout Orange County. Links to these reports are available below in the "Best Practices" report section of this page.
All reports were Received and Filed by the LAFCO Commission.
Energy Audits - November 18, 2009The Energy Audit Best Practice report addresses energy audits which provide cost savings and greater energy independence for public agencies to help cope with the current fiscal crunch.The report illustrates energy conservation measures used by Orange County cities. Energy audits are just the first steps in the development of a comprehensive and sustainable energy efficiency program.While many energy utilities offer residential and commercial energy audits, the practices demonstrated by both the state and federal level allow local governments to serve as role models in the conservation of energy while finding significant cost-savings for the residents.
Click Here for Full Report (Energy Audits)
Orange County School Districts - November 18, 2009The Orange County School Districts Best Practice report includes a brief history of the relationship between school districts and cities in Orange County; comparison of reorganizing school district boundaries with LAFCO; and new opportunities available for improving school and city interaction. Although approving a change in school district boundaries is outside the authority of LAFCO, we believe this report can be useful to affected agencies, communities and their residents.
Click Here for Full Report (OC School Districts)
Demographic Projections - February 10, 2010The Demographic Projections Best Practice report examines the role of demographic projections in the future development of Orange County. The report focuses on the importance of demographic projections as a foundation for local government plans and programs. The report further highlights the role of the Center for Demographic Research (CDR) and its relationship with LAFCO.
Click HEre for Full Report (Demographic Projections)
Early Warning Fiscal System - November 10, 2010The proposed stakeholder process for developing the Early Warning System is designed to build upon the increased communication and collaboration that resulted from the 2005 round of successful municipal service review stakeholder meetings by facilitating further collaboration among agencies. Once the financial indicators have been chosen, the work will then turn to the development of the web-based Early Warning System.
Click Here for Full Report (Early Warning)
Shared Services - November 10, 2010The Shared Service concept is designed to facilitate a collaborative effort with agencies and organizations to look for more efficient service provision and possible cost-savings. However, the shared services process takes this effort one step further by including school districts, homeowner associations, the Orange County Business Council as well as the County, cities and special districts. Expanding the participation to other agencies and groups increases the number of service providers and opens the door for LAFCO to create a closer relationship with these agencies.
Click Here for More Info on the Shared Services Program
Sewer and Water Infrastructure Report - October 12, 2011This report represents the analysis of the sewer and water infrastructure and the projected impacts that population growth may have on the existing systems. The report addresses two LAFCO municipal service review determinations: (1) Growth and population projections and (2) Present and planned capacity of public facilities and adequacy of public services, including infrastructure needs or deficiencies.
Click Here for Full Report (Sewer and Water Infrastructure)