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Disney to Disney-fy the Santa Clarita Valley

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The Walt Disney Company submitted plans to the county yesterday to develop a 56 acre studio on its Golden Oak Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley. Disney-ABC Studios at the Ranch would have 12 soundstages, a commissary, bungalows and offices, and the LA Times reports it will open sometime after 2013. The Signal says Santa Clarita officials hope the studio will "draw more show-business professionals to the area and provide more customers for nearby Old Town Newhall." Both papers are excited that Disney's plans mean more productions will stay in LA, but between this and Universal's Evolution Plan, we're pulling for a return to our studio town roots. Disney workers will need places to live nearby--maybe this is a good time for the Las Lomas development to rear its zombie head and devour the city council's brains. Slightly further afield, the Newhall Ranch is still plodding through its environmental impact report process, three years after its originally scheduled groundbreaking.
· Disney-ABC TV unveil plans for huge SCV production expansion [The Signal]
· Disney plans to build major production facility near Santa Clarita [LAT]