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Movie ranch to be reviewed

Disney’s studio ranch expected to be an economic boon

Posted: May 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2013 2:00 a.m.

"The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" set at Disney's 50-year-old Golden Oak Ranch.

The Disney/ABC Studios at The Ranch project is slated to be reviewed at a public hearing held by the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning June 19. And, both Disney and the city of Santa Clarita are hoping for a good outcome.

The city expects to be going in front of the planning commission because it’s an important and exciting project for Santa Clarita, said Jason Crawford, marketing and economic development manager.

The 56-acre movie studio ranch – to include a dozen soundstages – was first proposed in October 2009 and the project has slowly been moving through the review process seeking final approval.

Industry advocates and local officials see approval of the project as another tool to help keep film crews from fleeing the state for less expensive locales.

“The Disney ranch is important to the city because of the jobs it creates,” Crawford said. “And specifically, it’s part of the film industry which is one of our major focuses.”

The multi-hundred-million-dollar production center is also good economic news for the area.

During construction, the project is expected to create 3,152 new jobs and $522 million in direct economic activity throughout L.A. County.

But, upon completion, the studio expects the ranch to generate 2,854 full and part-time jobs and pump $533 million into the economy annually.

That translates to $26 million in new annual revenues for the state and $1.3 million for L.A. County.

Disney has taken outreach seriously and worked hard in the community by talking to neighbors and the city of Santa Clarita, said a spokeswoman for the project.

“We have been able to listen and we think that will make a difference,” she said.

And as a region, having the Santa Clarita Valley be associated with Disney also helps put a spotlight on the area, Crawford said.

“We’ve had a great relationship with Santa Clarita,” said the spokeswoman. “We both get stronger as we continue.”



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