Santa Clarita scripts a future for its movie ranches

Santa Clarita is rolling out the red carpet for its storied movie ranches.

The City Council for the suburban community in northern Los Angeles County recently approved a new zoning designation intended to promote filming on local ranches within a 30-mile radius.

The designation establishes standard rules for shooting on the ranches, 10 of which are located in Santa Clarita. It will allow owners to build soundstages and other production-related facilities on their property without obtaining special permission. Additionally, ranch owners won't have to reapply for a special film-use permit every 10 years.

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-- Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times

Photo: Crew from the TV drama "NCIS" film in Santa Clarita's Summit Park. Credit: Kelli Lajer / Santa Clarita Film Office.

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