LINKS. to Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFco) Meeting for Wed. July 15th, 2020 @ 2:30pm, by Zoom.
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Summary and Background
The attached Circulation Draft Municipal Service Review (MSR) is the second MSR for the San Mateo Resource Conservation District (SMRCD). Comments from interested agencies and individuals are requested by August 21, 2020.
LAFCo prepared comprehensive SOI studies and adopted SOIs for cities and special districts in 1985 and has subsequently reviewed and updated spheres on a three-year cycle. Updates focused on changes in service demand within the boundaries of cities and special districts. After enactment of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 (CKH Act) and the new requirement to prepare MSRs in conjunction with or prior to SOI updates, LAFCo began the process of preparing MSRs and SOI updates in late 2003. Studies were first prepared on sub-regional and county-wide independent special districts, followed by South County cities and special districts. The most recent MSR for SMRCD was completed in 2006.
As the first soil conservation district in California, San Mateo Resource Conservation District was formed in 1939 to provide local soil conservation functions in partnership with the newly established Federal Soil Conservation Service. Recently, the District changed its name to the San Mateo Resource Conservation District, removing County from the title. Staff has updated the report to reflect that change and recommends that the District fill the appropriate “name change” documents with the State Board of Equalization.
The original SMRCD boundaries encompassed agricultural lands in northern San Mateo County. Coastal areas (less publicly owned lands and developed areas) were added to district boundaries in two subsequent annexations in 1942 and 1946. In 1954 several subdivisions from the District. Current District boundaries therefore have several “excluded pockets” but generally include western San Mateo County from the San Francisco-San Mateo County boundary to the Santa Cruz-San Mateo County boundary. The LAFCo adopted sphere of influence for the District is conterminous with District boundaries.
The District collaborates with landowners and managers, technical advisors, local jurisdictions, government agencies, and others to protect, conserve and restore natural resources in coastal San Mateo County. The District operates similar to a non-profit organization, in that it is primarily funded through grants and contracts. Many of its services and projects are driven by the availability of funding.
LAFCo staff met with RCD staff in November of 2019 to gather information regarding the District. This meeting focused on how the District receives funding and the types of programs undertaken.