The Walt Disney Co. received unanimous approval Wednesday from the L.A. County Regional Planning Commission to build more studio facilities at its Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
The Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning held a public hearing Wednesday morning concerning the project’s 58-acre development area.
The plan calls for the development of indoor sound stages and support facilities on Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, in unincorporated Los Angeles County, adjacent to the City of Santa Clarita.
“We completed the first hearing today,” said Kim Szalay, a principal regional planner at the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning.
Planning commissioners approved two different version of the project. The first plan involves the construction of 555,950 square feet of structures, while the second would involve construction of 510,000 square feet of structures.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote for the project’s final approval within the next two-to-three months.
“The Board action will be the final action on the project.” Szalay said.
The Board will look at the vesting tentative tract map, which plans to create 20 lots, or alternatively 18 lots, in the proposed zone. The site includes a water tank area, trail area, two potential mobile home relocation areas and a conditional parking area within the approximately 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch.
The proposal would authorize the removal of 158 oak trees and encroachment into the protected zone of 82 oak trees.
The Board’s final hearing will be open to the public as well.
“The public can participate in the hearing at the Board,” said Szalay “They can make comments.”
There is no set timeline on when construction is expected to begin.
The Disney Ranch has been part of unincorporated Los Angeles near Santa Clarita for more than 50 years.
– David Mariuz