A June 4th public hearing date has been set for The Walt Disney Co.’s Golden Oak Ranch project in the Santa Clarita Valley.

A hearing examiner for the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning will take testimony on the draft environmental impact report for the Disney ABC Studios at the Ranch project, which will include 12 soundstages, production and administration offices, and commissary and talent bungalows.

The hearing takes place at 6 p.m. at Hart Hall at the William S. Hart Museum and Park located at 24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall.

The Disney ABC Studios at the Ranch project represents a multi-million investment in the last of the studio-owned movie ranches and a commitment by Disney that Southern California remains vital to television production. The company expects the project to create more than 3,000 jobs and pump tens of millions of dollars into the state and local economy each year.

Disney has used the 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch property for television and feature film production since the late 1950s.

If approved, construction can begin at the end of the year. The project is expected to produce noise, traffic and air quality issues during the construction phase – considered unavoidable by the draft EIR.

Copies of the report are available for public viewing online and at the Castaic Library, the Newhall Library, the Valencia Library, the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, and the downtown Los Angeles office of the L.A. County Department of Regional Planning.

Mark R. Madler