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Local Agency Formation Commission

 Regular Meeting Agenda

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

9:00 a.m.

 

Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Room 381B

Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles 90012

 

 

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1.         CALL MEETING TO ORDER.

 

2.         Pledge of Allegiance will be led by CHAIRMAN PELLISSIER.

 

3.         HEARINGS

 

a.                   Hearing on Final Budget for Fiscal Year 2003-04.

 

b.                  Hearing on Annexation No. 37-15 to County Waterworks District No. 37, 964± acres located north of the Antelope Valley Freeway, in the vicinity of Crown Valley Road, unincorporated area of Acton.

 

c.                   City of Santa Clarita, Annexation No. 1989-01A (Towsley Canyon), 60± acres located west of Interstate 5, north and south of Wiley Canyon Road, and west of The Old Road.

 

4.         SPECIAL ITEMS

 

a.                   Update on LAFCO Sphere of Influence and Municipal Service Review presentation to San Gabriel Valley COG and League of Cities.

 

b.                  Authorization to refund balance of Hollywood Special Reorganization Account.

 

c.                   Approve Minutes of the meeting held May 28, 2003.

 

 

5.         PUBLIC COMMENT

 

            This is the opportunity for members of the public to address the Commission on items that are not on the posted agenda, provided that the subject matter is within the jurisdiction of the Commission.  Speakers are reminded of the three-minute time limitation

 

6.         FUTURE MEETINGS

 

            June 25, 2003

            July 9, 2003

 

7.         NEW BUSINESS

 

This is the opportunity for commissioners to discuss matters not on the Posted Agenda (to be discussed and upon Commission approval placed on the Agenda for action at a future meeting).

 

8.         ADJOURNMENT MOTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STAFF REPORT

 

JUNE 11, 2003

 

HEARING ON LAFCO FINAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003-04

 

AGENDA ITEM NO. 3(A)

 

Discussion:

 

The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 established a funding formula which apportions LAFCO’s funding needs between the County, the City of Los Angeles, the remaining 87 cities in the county and the 57 Independent Special Districts. Based on the funding formula effective July 1, 2003, the funding obligation will be: County of Los Angeles 38.462%, the City of Los Angeles 15.385%, the remaining 87 cities in the county 23.077%, and the 57 Independent Special Districts 23.077%.

 

The attached letter dated April 30, 2003, including attachments, has been forwarded to the County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, the remaining 87 cities in the county, and the 57 Independent Special Districts.

 

Prior Year Comparison:

 

The Fiscal Year 2002-2003 Operating Budget estimated a Net Operating Cost of $781,457.00. The Fiscal Year 2003-2004 Operating Budget estimated a Net Operating Cost of $903,083.00.

This increase of $221,626.00 is primarily due to the costs associated with the following:

1.                  $ 7,780.00 increase in liability insurance.

2.                  $27,500.00 increase in workman’s compensation insurance.

3.                  $25,000.00 increase for SOI special studies consultants.

4.                  $150,000.00 addition to pay for the Municipal Service Reviews mandated by the state legislature.

 

See LAFCO Final Budget for Fiscal Year 2003-2004 attached hereto.

 

Final Budget Allocation among Public Agencies:

 

County of Los Angeles                         38.462%                      $347,340.13

City of Los Angeles                                          15.385%                      $138,937.86

87 Remaining Cities                                          23.077%                      $208,402.27

57 Independent Special Districts                       23.077%                      $208,402.27

                                                                        100.00%                      $903,082.53

 

Recommendation:

 

            It is Staff’s recommendation that the commission approve the LAFCO Final Budget for Fiscal Year 2003-2004.

 

STAFF REPORT

ADDENDUM

 

JUNE 11, 2003

 

HEARING ON LAFCO FINAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2003-04

 

AGENDA ITEM NO. 3(A)

 

Addendum Discussion:

 

The Los Angeles County Auditor-Controllers office advised Staff early Wednesday morning, June 6, 2003, that the State Controller had just released published revenue figures for the years 1999-2000.

 

Even though the new figures have changed slightly State Code, Section 56381 requires that such recalculation is done if the final budget has not yet been approved.

 

The newly allocated are attached for your review.

 

It is emphasized that neither the base budget of $902,082.53 nor the individual allocations to the County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, the 87 cities or the Independent special districts have been changed.

 

Only the individual agency allocations reflect minor changes.


STAFF REPORT

 

JUNE 11, 2003

 

ANNEXATION NO. 37-15 TO

COUNTY WATERWORKS DISTRICT NO. 37

 

AGENDA ITEM NO. 3B

 

 

Agenda Item No. 3b is an uninhabited annexation proposal initiated by the Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 37, at the request of the landowners.  The request for change of organization involves annexation of five parcels totaling approximately 964± acres into the boundary of District No. 37; and a proposed amendment to the sphere of influence for the Ddistrict.

 

Landowners:  Sierra Highway Partners, LLC, Christopher Walker, Conservator for the Estate of Laurence Walker Trust, Lincoln Trust Company, A Colorado Trust Company, and Theodore Nafius and Lois J. Nafius.

 

Location:  The territory is generally located north of the Antelope Valley Freeway in the vicinity of Crown Valley Road, in the unincorporated area of Acton.

 

Surrounding and Present Land Uses:  The surrounding land use consists of rural residential and vacant land. 

 

Sphere of Influence:  120± acres of the territory proposed for annexation is situated outside the sphere of influence boundary of the District.  Therefore, the proposed annexation will necessitate an amendment to the District's sphere of influence to include said territory.

 

Proposed Development:  Future development will result in construction of approximately 564 single-family residences. 

 

Provision of Services:  Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 37 currently does not have public water facilities in place to provide water to the subject parcels.  If and when the property is developed, the developer will be required to construct all necessary water facilities to service the property and dedicate the same to the District for operation, maintenance, and ownership.

 

CEQA:  In 2001 the County of Los Angeles adopted a negative declaration for the project and made a determination that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment.

 

Tax Transfer:  All affected agencies have adopted the appropriate tax transfer resolution.

 

Correspondence:  On June 3, 2003 a letter was received from the Acton Town Council opposing annexation of Parcels A and B into the district.


Recommended Action

 

1.      Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 37-15, pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, LAFCO certifies that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the proposed project and the negative declaration adopted by the County of Los Angeles, as lead agency, and has determined that the document adequately address the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  LAFCO finds that it has compiled with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the negative declaration previously adopted by the County of Los Angeles in connection with its approval of the proposed project.

2.      Approve an amendment to the sphere of influence for Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 37 and make the following determinations:

 

            a.  Present and planned land uses:

                The territory consists of vacant land.  The territory is proposed for future development as 564 single-family residences.

 

b.      The present and probable need for public facilities and services in the area:

Presently there are no  facilities and services available,. nor will any be constructed by the District.  If development occurs, public water facilities and services will be needed.  The developer will be required to construct the necessary water facilities and dedicate the same to the District for operation, maintenance, and ownership.

 

c.       Present capacity of public facilities:

The District presently has capacity in its existing water system to provide service to the existing parcels requesting annexation as well as for the lots that potential could be developed from same provided that the needed water facilities to connect to the District's existing system and distribute water to the future development are constructed and dedicated to the District.

 

d.      Communities of interest:

Amendment of the sphere of influence will permit the entire proposed development to be served by the same water provider.

     

3.      Find that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code Section 56663, waive the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

4.      Adopt resolution making determinations, approving and ordering Annexation No. 37‑15 to Los Angeles County Waterworks District No. 37.


STAFF REPORT

 

JUNE 11, 2003

 

            ANNEXATION NO. 1989-01a

TO THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA

(Towsley Canyon)

 

AGENDA ITEM NO. 3C

 

 

 

Agenda Item No. 3c is a proposal for the annexation of approximately 60 ± acres of uninhabited, unincorporated county territory to the City of Santa Clarita.  The applicant of record is the City of Santa Clarita, the proposal being initiated by City of Santa Clarita Resolution of Application No. 01-23.  A revised application was submitted to LAFCO on March 12, 2002.

 

The request for change of organization includes the following jurisdictional changes:  annexation of unincorporated county territory to the City of Santa Clarita; detachment of the same said territory from Los Angeles County Road District No. 5; and amendment to the existing Sphere of Influence of the City of Santa Clarita.

 

Location: The subject territory is generally located west of Interstate 5; extending approximately 600 feet south of Wiley Canyon Road; extending approximately 400 feet north of Wiley Canyon Road; and extending approximately two-thirds of a mile west of The Old Road.

 

Population/Topography:  The subject territory is vacant land located predominately in Towsley Canyon and also lies partially within Lyons Canyon and Wiley Canyon.  There are two main drainages: Wiley Canyon Creek and Towsley Canyon Creek, both of which drain into the South Fork of the Santa Clara River.   The topography is a combination of flat and hilly rolling terrain. 


Pre-zoning
: The proposal area has been pre-zoned as Open Space (City of Santa Clarita Ordinance No. 98-14). The current Los Angeles County land use designation for the proposed area is RR – Resort and Recreation. The applicant states that the proposed annexation would not change the land use characteristics of the site.

 

Surrounding Land Uses: North of the subject territory is Vacant County Residential and Open Space; to the south -Vacant County Commercial and Open Space; to the west - Vacant County and to the east – Developed and Vacant County Residential and Commercial.

 

Sphere of Influence:  The proposed annexation will require an amendment to the existing Sphere of Influence for the City of Santa Clarita.

 

Background:  The proposal area is uninhabited and utilized as a park and open space.  The proposal area contains three parcels which were purchased by Santa Clarita in 1996.  An application for the subject territory was initially filed on June 1, 2000.  The proposal area was significantly scaled back from 719 acres to 60 acres.  The territory is not contiguous to the City of Santa Clarita; however, may be annexed pursuant to Government Code Sections 56375(d) and 56742. 

 

Section 56375(d) states, that the Commission has the authority to approve the annexation of non-contiguous territory, as long as the request meets the provisions of Government Code Section 56742.  Government Code Section 56742 stipulates that in order for the Commission to approve an annexation proposal for non-contiguous territory, the subject territory must not exceed 300 acres, must be located within the same county as the City, must be owned by the City and must be used for municipal purposes at the time Commission proceedings are initiated.  Under these provisions, the City of Santa Clarita meets all the requirements for this proposal.

 

Purpose: The City of Santa Clarita supports the request for annexation in order to promote sound planning, and gain governmental jurisdiction over its own property.

 

CEQA:  The City of Santa Clarita has adopted a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project – Master Case No.89-016.

 

Request for Waiver for Protest Hearing: LAFCO has received a written consent from the property owner, the City of Santa Clarita, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, for the waiver of conducting authority proceedings. 

 

Tax Transfer:  All affected agencies have adopted the appropriate tax transfer resolution.

 

Conditions to Annexation of Non-contiguous Territory:  Pursuant to  Government Code Section 56742(e), if the territory annexed to the City is sold and is no longer owned by the City it shall cease to be a part of the City of Santa Clarita. 

 

Pursuant to Government Code Section 56742(f), if the City enters into a lease pursuant to Government Codes Sections 37395 and 37396, and authorizes the development of a shopping center, hotel, motel, or lodging house on the territory annexed pursuant to this section, the affected territory shall cease to be a part of the City. 

 

Correspondence: Staff has not received any correspondence in opposition to or in support of this proposal for annexation.


CONCLUSION

 

The proposed annexation meets the intent of Government Code Section 56742 and is a logical extension of the City of Santa Clarita boundary.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

1)      Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 1989-01a, pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15096, LAFCO certifies that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the proposed project and the environmental documents adopted by the City of Santa Clarita as lead agency, namely City of  Santa Clarita Resolution No. 98-92, approving and adopting a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project.  LAFCO finds that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the environmental findings and mitigated negative declaration, previously adopted by the City of Santa Clarita, in connection with its approval of the proposed project.

2)      Find that the County and all subject agencies agree to the proposed transfer.

3)      Approve the requested amendment to the Sphere of Influence for the City of Santa Clarita and make the following determinations, in accordance with Government Code Section 56425:

a.       Present and planned land uses in the area:

      The proposal area is currently being used as a park and as open-space. The present Los Angeles County zoning designation is R-R (Resort and Recreation). The City of Santa Clarita intends to maintain the proposal area as park and open space.  The City of Santa Clarita General Plan designation for the subject territory is OS (Open Space), as amended by City of Santa Clarita Ordinance No.98-14.

 

b.      Present and probable need for public facilities and services:

There are adequate public facilities to service the Towsley Canyon area. The subject territory is currently uninhabited. No development is anticipated.

 

c.       The present capacity of public facilities:

Adequate public service facilities are available to service the site.

 

Fire:  The Los Angeles County Fire Department currently services the area and will continue to do so under contract with the City of Santa Clarita.  No change in the level and range of services is anticipated.

 

Parks/Recreation: Park and recreational services are provided by the Santa Clarita Recreation and Conservation Authority. Services are currently available and will be upon annexation.

 

Police Services: The development is currently serviced by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy Park Rangers. Policing services under contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will provide a level of service higher than the current one- that will include traffic and criminal investigations.  Park Ranger services will also continue to be available.  County Sheriff Department correspondence states that the annexation will not result in any negative impact.

 

Sewer Services: Sewer services are provided by way of a private septic tank that is maintained and serviced by the City of Santa Clarita.

 

Water:  Water is provided by private well that is maintained and serviced by the City of Santa Clarita.  Water is currently available on site and will be upon annexation.

 

Waste Water:  Wastewater services are provided by private company or the City of Santa Clarita. Maintenance and service is provided by the City of Santa Clarita or private company.  Services are currently available and will be upon annexation

 

d.   The existence of any social or economic communities of interest:

There are no communities of social or economic interest.

 

4)      Find that the affected agencies have consented to the waiver of conducting authority proceedings, pursuant to Government Code Section 56663(c) and waive the conducting authority proceedings in its entirety.

5)      Adopt a resolution making determinations approving and ordering the annexation of the subject territory to the City of Santa Clarita, and the detachment of the same said territory from Los Angeles County Road District No. 5, pursuant to Government Code Section 56375.


STAFF REPORT

 

JUNE 11, 2003

 

HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL REORGANIZATION

REFUND

 

AGENDA ITEM NO. 4B

 

 

 

The Hollywood Special Reorganization effort is complete.

 

Attached is a summary of the total revenues and expenditures which resulted in a fund surplus of $13,500.37.

 

That surplus has been re-allocated for reimbursement to the original payees as a percentages contributed.

 

Recommendation

 

Staff recommends refunds to the contributors in the amounts indicated in the attached checks.