Unless the context requires otherwise, as used in this
chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
   (a) "Board" means the county board of supervisors acting as the
governing authority of a county service area.
   (b) "Commission" or "local agency formation commission" means a
local agency formation commission that operates in the county
pursuant to the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government
Reorganization Act of 2000, Division 3 (commencing with Section
56000) of Title 5.
   (c) "County service area" means a county service area formed
pursuant to this chapter or any of its statutory predecessors.
   (d) "Geologic hazard" means an actual or threatened landslide,
land subsidence, soil erosion, earthquake, or any other natural or
unnatural movement of land or earth.
   (e) "Inhabited territory" means territory within which there
reside 12 or more registered voters. All other territory shall be
deemed "uninhabited."
   (f) "Landowner" or "owner of land" means all of the following:
   (1) Any person shown as the owner of land on the county's most
recent assessment roll, except where that person is no longer the
owner. Where that person is no longer the owner, the landowner or
owner of land is any person entitled to be shown as the owner of land
on the next assessment roll.
   (2) Where land is subject to a recorded written agreement of sale,
any person shown in the agreement as purchaser.
   (3) Any public agency owning land, provided that a public agency
which owns highways, rights-of-way, easements, waterways, or canals
shall not be deemed a landowner or owner of land.
   (g) "Latent power" means any service or facility authorized by
Article 4 (commencing with Section 25213) that the local agency
formation commission has determined, pursuant to subdivision (i) of
Section 56425, that the county service area was not authorized to
provide prior to January 1, 2009.
   (h) "Voter" means a voter as defined by Section 359 of the
Elections Code.
   (i) "Zone" means a zone formed pursuant to Article 8 (commencing
with Section 25217).