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Municipal Service Reviews and Spheres of Influence – What are they?

Municipal Service Reviews
State Law requires that one of the functions of a local agency formation commission is to conduct sphere of influence updates (SOIs) for all agencies under its jurisdiction by January 1, 2008 and every five years after that. State Law also requires the completion of municipal service reviews (MSRs) before determining an agency’s SOI. Consequently, all MSRs are precursors to SOIs. This is logical because SOIs determine how fast and how much an agency may grow within a determinate period of time. In order for the Commission to make that determination, it must first analyze how well that agency is currently providing services so that it can extrapolate where the agency will be in the future. The MSR is intended to be the tool to assist the Commission in that analysis: An MSR is a “snapshot” of how the agency is currently providing services. More comprehensive than a management plan or an audit, the MSR is designed to examine all facets of the agency, from infrastructure needs and deficiencies to management practices and financing.

Spheres of Influence
The Commission utilizes the MSR data to evaluate proposals that may affect a district and/or how fast or how much an agency may expand in the next 10 to 20 years. In other words, an SOI is a planning boundary outside an agency’s service area. It designates the agency’s probable future boundary and service area. Factors considered in an SOI update include current and future land use, the current and future need for service and any related “community of interest.”

SOI time horizons vary: sometimes an SOI is set for 10 years, others are set for 20 years and others may not have a predetermined timeframe. Generally speaking, fast growing or agencies with a significant service capacity may have SOIs with multiple time horizons; whereas, agencies with a limited capacity to grow may only receive one SOI line. From a practical standpoint, there is no difference between a 10-year SOI and 20-year SOI, since both are the best estimate of the probable service area for an agency over time, depending upon the Commission’s determination of an agency’s service capacity as detailed in the MSR.

Municipal Service Review Scope
The First Cycle was done by service; therefore, there are multiple reports for multiple service agencies. The Second Cycle was done by agency and, subsequently, the report is all-encompassing for all active powers.


Agency Name
Services Actively Provided
and Reviewed by MSR
1st Cycle
2001-2008
2nd Cycle
2008-2013
3rd Cycle
2013-2021
Latent Powers
(if applicable)
Arroyo Vista Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Determined to be studied in 2nd cycle if time allowed
2016-17
Parks and Recreation
Audubon Hills Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2018-19
 
Cameron Estates Community Services District Road and road maintenance, parks and recreation General Government Services I
Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
2015-16
CC&R administration, fire suppression, law enforcement, water
Cameron Park Airport District Airport administration and maintenance services General Government Services II
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2018-19
 
Cameron Park Community Services District CC&R administration, emergency medical services, fire suppression, lighting and landscape, parks and recreation, solid waste collection, weed abatement Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
General Government Services I
General Government Services II
West County Parks and Recreation Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2020-21
Drainage, law enforcement, library, mosquito abatement, road maintenance, water, wastewater
City of Placerville Drainage, fire suppression, law enforcement, lighting and landscape, parks and recreation, road maintenance, water, wastewater, and other municipal services Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
General Government Services I
Streets and Highway Services
Water, Wastewater and Power Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
In process
2013-14 & 2014-15
 
City of South Lake Tahoe Airport administration, fire suppression, law enforcement, parks and recreation services, road maintenance, public transportation, snow removal and other municipal services Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
General Government Services I
General Government Services II
Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
 
Connie Lane Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
 
Cosumnes River Community Services District Road maintenance, parks and recreation General Government Services I
Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
 
County Service Area 2 Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2018-19
All services, except GC 25213(i)
County Service Area 3 Drainage and erosion control, emergency medical services, snow removal and equipment Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
General Government Services I
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
All services, except GC 25213(c), (h), (i), (m), (t), (v)
County Service Area 5 Drainage General Government Services I
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Will not be studied
Will not be studied
All services, except GC 25213(v)
County Service Area 7 Emergency medical services Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Will not be studied
All services, except GC 25213(t)
County Service Area 9 Cemetery, drainage, including landscaping and wetlands maintenance, street and highway lighting, road maintenance Public Cemetery Services
Streets and Highway Services
General Government Services I
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
2015-16
All services, except GC 25213(c), (f), (g), (i), (j), (r), (v), (x)
County Service Area 10 Library services, waste management General Government Services II
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Will not be studied
Will not be studied
All services, except GC 25213(d), (k)
Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire Protection District Emergency medical services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
East China Hill Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Determined to be studied in 2nd cycle if time allowed
2016-17
 
El Dorado County Fire Protection District Emergency medical services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
El Dorado County Resource Conservation District Resource conservation Resource Conservation Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Determined to be studied in 2nd cycle if time allowed
2016-17
 
El Dorado Hills Community Services District Cable TV franchise administration, CC&R administration, street lighting and landscape, parks and recreation services, solid waste collection General Government Services I
General Government Services II
West County Parks and Recreation Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2020-21
Fire suppression, law enforcement, library services, mosquito abatement services, power generation and distribution, road and road maintenance, other related services
El Dorado Hills County Water District
(including Latrobe service area)
Emergency medical services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
 
El Dorado Irrigation District Parks and recreation, power generation, water, wastewater General Government Services I
Water, Wastewater and Power Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
In process
2019-20
 
Fallen Leaf Community Services District Fire suppression, parks and recreation Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
General Government Services I
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
Garden Valley Fire Protection District Emergency medical services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
Garden Valley Ranch Estates Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Determined to be studied in 2nd cycle if time allowed
2016-17
 
Georgetown Divide Public Utilities District Power generation, water, wastewater Water, Wastewater and Power Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2020-21
 
Georgetown Divide Recreation District Parks and recreation General Government Services I
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2018-19
 
Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation District Resource conservation Resource Conservation Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Determined to be studied in 2nd cycle if time allowed
2016-17
 
Georgetown Fire Protection District Emergency medical services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
Golden West Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
 
Greenstone Country Community Services District Drainage, law enforcement services, parks and recreation, wastewater services General Government Services I
Water, Wastewater and Power Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2018-19
Fire suppression, mosquito abatement services, road and road maintenance and other related services, solid waste collection, street lighting and landscaping services, water services
Grizzly Flats Community Services District Water Water, Wastewater and Power Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2019-20
 
Happy Homestead Cemetery District Cemetery services Public Cemetery Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Determined to be studied in 2nd cycle if time allowed
2016-17
 
Hickok Road Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Determined to be studied in 2nd cycle if time allowed
2016-17
 
Hillwood Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
 
Holiday Lake Community Services District Parks and recreation General Government Services I
West County Parks and Recreation Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
2015-16
 
Kelsey Cemetery District Cemetery services Public Cemetery Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2018-19
 
Knolls Property Owners Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2018-19
 
Lake Valley Fire Protection District Emergency medical services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
Lakeview Community Services District Road and road maintenance General Government Services I
Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
2015-16
Drainage, law enforcement, lighting and landscaping
Marble Mountain Homeowners Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
2015-16
 
Meeks Bay Fire Protection District Emergency medical services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
Mortara Circle Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2018-19
 
Mosquito Fire Protection District Emergency services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
Nashville Trail Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
 
Pioneer Fire Protection District Emergency services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
Rescue Fire Protection District Emergency services, fire suppression Fire Suppression and Emergency Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2017-18
 
Rising Hill Road Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
2018-19
 
Rolling Hills Community Services District Drainage, parks and recreation, street lighting and landscaping services, weed abatement, road and road maintenance General Government Services I
Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
2015-16
 
Showcase Ranches Community Services District Parks and recreation, road maintenance General Government Services I
Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
2015-16
 
Sierra Oaks Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Determined to be studied in 2nd cycle if time allowed
2016-17
 
South Tahoe Public Utility District Lighting and landscape, water, wastewater General Government Services I
Water, Wastewater and Power Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2019-20
 
Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District Parks and recreation General Government Services I
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Moved to Cycle 3
 
Tahoe Resource Conservation District Resource conservation Resource Conservation Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
Determined to be studied in 2nd cycle if time allowed
2016-17
 
West El Largo Community Services District Road and road maintenance Streets and Highway Services
LAFCO Resolution and Map
SOI Determinations
2018-19
 

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