The creator of Star Wars wanted to expand his movie studio operations in California's Marin County. Locals opposed him on "environmental" grounds, despite numerous steps by Lucas to maintain the natural state of the land on his ranch (where the studio was to be located).
Lucas threw in the towel this week on the studio project. Instead, he intends to develop the land he owns into something for which it is already zoned: low-income housing.
So the Not-In-My-Back-Yard folks in Marin County won't have a movie studio as a neighbor. They're going to have a big trailer park instead.
We realize our solution to creating open space by placing low-impact commercial facilities on farmland, while permanently preserving over 95% of the total acreage, has not been accepted by our neighbors. Nor are they or many of the public agencies interested in the $50-70M restoration of the stream. Maybe we’re ahead of our time.
We plan to sell the Grady property expecting that the land will revert back to its original use for residential housing. We hope we will be able to find a developer who will be interested in low income housing since it is scarce in Marin. If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit.
Hat tip: Power Line