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Disney Ranch expansion will be considered

Development of 58 acres proposed

Posted: August 24, 2013 10:20 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2013 10:20 p.m.
An artist’s rendering of the proposed Disney Ranch.  An artist’s rendering of the proposed Disney Ranch. 
An artist’s rendering of the proposed Disney Ranch. 

The ambitious expansion plan for Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon will go before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors during the board’s meeting next week.

Supervisors are expected to conduct a public hearing and determine whether to sign off on the environmental documents for the project Tuesday.

As proposed, the plan would allow the Walt Disney Company to develop about 58 acres on Placerita Canyon Road near Highway 14 in Newhall to house new support structures and sound studios for the movie ranch.

There are two different versions of the project that have already been approved by the county Regional Planning Commission. The first is a larger development, with construction of approximately 555,950 square feet of structures, including 12 sound stages.

The second would include 510,000 square feet of structures with eight sound stages.

The project’s proposed site is the westernmost portion of Golden Oak Ranch near Highway 14, with much of the project being built on pads left over from the construction of Highway 14 in the 1970s, Adam Gilbert, director of corporate real estate for Disney, told The Signal in an earlier interview.

Supporters of the proposal say it could be an economic boon for the Santa Clarita Valley, with construction alone creating an additional 3,152 new jobs and having a positive economic impact of $522 million, according to estimates.

After construction, the project would create 2,854 part- and full-time jobs and generate $533 million in annual economic activity, according to estimates, including $1.3 million in new annual revenues to Los Angeles County and $26 million to the state of California.

But some have questioned the project’s environmental impact, including the removal of oak trees, and how the new development could strain water resources in the area.

Golden Oak Ranch has long been owned by the Disney Company and has been a frequent shooting location for movies and TV shows ranging from 1957’s “Old Yeller” to 1977’s “Pete’s Dragon” to 1997-2003’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and 2001’s “Pearl Harbor.”




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