A "Sphere of Influence" (SOI) is defined as a planning boundary outside of an agency's legal boundary (such as the city limit line) that designates the agency's probable future boundary and service area. Thus, the establishment of the SOI boundary is necessary to determine which governmental agencies can provide services in the most efficient way to the people and property in any given area, promote orderly land use and service, and protect agriculture and open pace.
In 2009, the City of Galt petitioned the Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) for a Sphere of Influence Amendment consistent with urban growth contemplated in the Galt General Plan 2030 Update.
The Galt SOI Amendment was approved by LAFCo on Jan. 19, 2011. See documents and map below.
What is LAFCo and how are they involved?
The Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) is the agency that had approval authority over the City's Sphere of Influence Amendment request. LAFCo is an independent agency, with jurisdiction over cities and special districts within the County, but remains separate from the County. LAFCo's sole purpose is to promote orderly growth, discourage urban sprawl, preserve open space and prime farmlands, and promote the efficient extension of government services. LAFCo accomplishes these goals by defining a city's SOI, approving or denying annexations, and approving or denying extensions of municipal infrastructure and services to other areas.
To learn more about LAFCo, visit their website at www.saclafco.org