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Supervisors Delay George Lucas’ Grady Ranch Improvements

Supervisors Delay George Lucas’ Grady Ranch Improvements

George Lucas' Grady Ranch

George Lucas' Grady Ranch

Marin County residents are not thrilled over the impending expansion of the George Lucas Grady Ranch complex located in Lucas Valley, Marin County. A parade of neighboring Lucas Valley Estates residents attending a recent Marin County Planning Commission meeting convinced supervisors to delay the approval of the plans. The Grady Ranch complex construction is planned to include a state-of-the-art digital media facility, along with a restoration of the Miller Creek watershed headwaters.

The current plans included an over 260,000 sq ft, 3-story Mission-style building covering an area approximately the size of 2 football fields, with space for 340 employees. Two indoor film stages and one outdoor stage; a restaurant next to a general store; screening rooms; 20 guest suites for overnight accommodation; day care center; gym; and 4,000 sq ft wine cave with private rooms for wine tasting, represent the details of the current plan.

So why are these plans opposed by the neighbors? The Homeowners Association of Lucas Valley Estates contends that the planned building is too tall and its Spanish mission style is much different aesthetically from what was originally proposed when the original plan was approved in 1995. In addition, residents argue that there are still questions regarding “the risks to public safety and many other impacts to the habitat and residents.”

Given that the plan also includes the restoration of the headwaters of the Miller Creek watershed, regional, state and federal agencies have taken an interest and have requested more time to study the improvement plan. As a result, the Marin County supervisors decided to delay taking action on the request for permits.

Additional details may be found here: http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2012/04/03/marin_county_residents_not_feeling_the_force.php

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