Alameda County is appealing a $1.7 million court ruling in favor of Lockaway Storage after denying the self-storage operator the right to build a boat- and RV-storage facility in Castro Valley, Calif. Lockaway received a three-year permit from the county to construct the facility in 1999. However, the self-storage company wasn’t ready to begin construction on the site at 8555 Dublin Canyon Road until after the permit had expired. When the city was approached for an extension on the permit, it refused, citing a new city plan called Measure D, which voters had approved in 2000 to limit new development.
The self-storage company sued the county in 2003, and a state superior court ruled in 2005 to allow the facility to be built. Lockaway brought a second lawsuit against the county for damages incurred from 2003 to 2005. A state First District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the storage company in May. County supervisors have since voted to appeal that decision, according to Brian Washington of the county counsel's office. The issue is now headed to the state’s high court, according to the source.