Municipal Service Reviews (MSR)

Municipal service reviews serve as a centerpiece to the comprehensive rewrite to LAFCO law in 2001 and represent comprehensive studies of the level, range, and performance of governmental services provided within defined geographic areas.  LAFCOs generally prepare municipal service reviews to explicitly inform subsequent sphere determinations. LAFCOs also prepare municipal service reviews irrespective of making any specific sphere determinations in order to obtain and furnish information to contribute to the overall orderly development of local communities.  Municipal service reviews vary in scope and can focus on a particular agency or governmental service. LAFCOs may use the information generated from municipal service reviews to initiate other actions under their authority, such as forming, consolidating, or dissolving one or more local agencies.  All municipal service reviews – regardless of their intended purpose – culminate with LAFCOs preparing written statements addressing seven specific service factors listed under Government Code Section 56430.  This includes, most notably, infrastructure needs or deficiencies, growth and population trends, and financial standing.

Fiscal Years 2019 to 2023 Study Cycle

MSR & SOI Updates Study Schedule FY2019-2023

MSR & SOI Updates Study Schedule FY2019-2023 (Questionnaire)

CSA No. 135 MSR (2020)

Valley Center Region MSR (2020)

  • Valley Center Community Services District
  • Valley Center Fire Protection District
  • Valley Center Municipal Water District

Escondido Region MSR (2019): Part 1

San Diego County SD MSR (2019)

  • Alpine-Lakeside Service Area
  • Campo Service Area
  • East Otay Mesa Service Area
  • Julian Service Area
  • Pine Valley Service Area
  • Spring Valley Service Area
  • Winter Gardens Service Area

Julian Region MSR (2019)

  • Cuyamaca Water District
  • Julian Community Services District
  • Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District
  • Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park District
  • Majestic Pines Community Services District
  • Wynola Water District


Fiscal Years 2013 to 2018 Study Cycle

Health Care District MSR & SOI Updates (2015)

North County Coastal-San Dieguito MSR & SOI Updates: Water/Wastewater Agencies (2013)

Ramona MWD MSR & SOI Updates (2013)


Earlier Study Cycles

County Sanitation District MSR & SOI Updates (2010/2007)

Cemetery District MSR & SOI Updates (2007)

Borrego Valley MSR & SOI Updates (2007)

Upper San Diego River MSR & SOI Updates (2006)

Draft: San Luis Rey River Watershed: Bonsall and Pala Subareas MSR & SOI Updates (2006)

Draft North Central San Diego County MSR & SOI Updates (2005)

Tijuana Watershed & Tia Juana Valley CWD MSR & SOI Updates (2004)

Southern San Diego County Water and Sewer MSR (2004)

North County Inland MSR & SOI Updates (2003)


Fire Related MSRs & SOI Updates:

Micro Report: Reorganization of Structural Fire Protection & EMS (2007)

Macro Report: Options for Providing Structural Fire Protection & EMS (2005)

Fire Protection & EMS MSR (2005)

Fire Funding Study (2003)