The Map Checking and Annexations Unit is the repository for various city and district maps within Orange County and is responsible for:
Checking the legal description and map for proposed annexations (city/district gains previously unclaimed land..i.e. unincorporated territory [in a city situation] or land not currently within a district).
Reorganizations (swap of land between 2 similar cities/districts)
Incorporations (when a new city is established)
Formations (when a new district is created)
De-annexations (when a city/district detaches land that is now being given to another city/district).
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Annexation Procedures Overview
A legal description and map exhibit of the property that is being annexed to a particular city or district and accompanying map must be prepared and submitted to the OC Survey (G.L.I.S.) / Boundary Unit.
Once the legal description has been submitted and the appropriate fees have been paid, the documents are checked for accuracy and compliance with government codes and regulations. Note: The parcel needs to be immediately adjacent or contiguous to the principal city / district.
G.L.I.S. sends a letter to the Surveyor/Engineer of record for the project, indicating changes that need to be made, if any, to the legal description and map.
A formal application must be made with Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission (OCLAFCO). LAFCO assigns a permanent file number to the project which is noted on the original copies of the legal description, map and all correspondence. The County Surveyor will then approve the legal description and map, forward copies to LAFCO. LAFCO then calendars the project for Commission approval.
After LAFCO approves, they will forward the project to the State Board of Equalization for acceptance.
Once accepted by the State Board, LAFCO notifies G.L.I.S., which then notifies the appropriate agencies and updates records with the change.
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