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Supes Delay Decision on Grady Ranch

After a public hearing on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors delayed their decision on George Lucas's Grady Ranch.

The Marin County Board of Supervisors delayed their decision on George Lucas’s plan to build a 270,000 square foot digital production studio, so they could dedicate more time to study the proposal.

Before they can make a decision, Supervisor Steve Kinsey said the board needs to spend more time studying the impacts and restoration of Miller Creek included in the project, and appealed by neighbors in March.

, claiming that Grady Ranch were not subject to full notice and review, that it is inconsistent with zoning requirements that protect streams in the nearby area, and that the data provided by planners failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act.

Grady Ranch will include administration offices, an employee restaurant, a general store, a wine tasting room, screening rooms, costume storage, dressing rooms, 20 overnight employee guest suites, a basement parking garage and an outdoor stage, according to the staff report.

The project, which was approved along with its environmental impact report in 1996, is in its second phase. The project also includes a restoration plan for the nearby Miller Creek.

Many of the project’s supporters believe Grady Ranch will bolster economic growth by providing construction jobs now and high-paying technical jobs in the long term. The project could generate $82 million in business revenues, according to the Marin Economic Forum.

Challengers are not convinced that the economic boost would make up for the project’s scale and design, which some say is not consistent with the residential scenic area, or the potential environmental impact the project could have on the downstream of Miller Creek.

T McDermott April 04, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I am so ashamed of Marin. The residents of The Estates have no grounds to complain about traffic , lighting, creeks or anything. None of them are as activly responsible or closely scrutinized as George Lucas. Before they point at others they should look into their own backyards and streets. The Estates are not the best neighbors to have, their driving, waterway responsibility and neighborly misconduct would become apparent and they would have to comply with the same rules they are disregarding, that is the reason for all this hub-bub.
Thaddeus Q Abernathy April 05, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Why are you "ashamed of Marin"? You must be an Idiot, leave if you don't like it.
Sierra Salin April 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Ashamed of Marin? Personally, I am ashamed to be an American, and proud of it! Our system is all about money and ownership. Profit and profiteering from the "commons" of nature. Fenced off and "owned," for our pleasure, and at the peril and detriment of a healthy future. Fact is, we are consuming all and everything, when we should be conserving and "rebuilding' nature. Humans are insane and out of whack with the rules, laws, and working flows of nature. Enjoy your big houses and fancy SUV's. Nature is gonna whomp us, regardless of what we think, unless we change. Money, stuff, and fences, are a shamefool trade for healthy sustainable environments.
Catherine Gloria Tripp April 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM
In accordance with the conclusions of the Final SEIR, the Planning Commission determined that the project would clearly be consistent with the 1996 Master Plan and Use Permit and that all potentially significant impacts were fully analyzed and mitigated to be less than significant. Skywalker Ranch has shown its willingness to discuss their concerns, this appeal should be rejected.

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