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A nearly three-year-old effort to double the size of an RV and boat storage yard in south Livermore, the heart of wine country in Northern California appears to have met its end after county officials decided the plan wasn’t consistent with area land-use policies, according to the Tri-Valley Herald.
Alameda County supervisors on Thursday (July 1) unanimously denied an appeal from John Migliore that would have allowed him to proceed with plans to expand his Ideal Boat and Camper Storage facility. Migliore wanted the board to overturn an earlier ruling by a county zoning board, which also unanimously denied his request.
The Migliore family was seeking permission to double the size of the 30-acre storage yard, which now houses about 900 boats and recreational vehicles. The family has said there is a huge need in south Livermore for additional storage space, and they have as many as 100 people on a waiting list for the spaces they rent.
Opponents of the expansion, which included representatives from area wineries, the Livermore Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Club, didn’t dispute the need for the additional storage, but said the larger facility doesn’t belong on scenic Tesla Road.
According to the Herald, supervisors said existing land-use policies for the area call for preserving and enhancing agricultural uses, particularly viticulture, and the proposed expansion was inconsistent with those goals.
“This is probably one of the toughest issues I’ve had in front of me,” said Supervisor Scott Haggerty. “This is defining a community, and when we define a community we try to define what we want the unincorporated area to look like.”
Steve Migliore said his father has stored trailers at the site since the 1960s and was only looking to expand the operation onto more of the family’s property. Plus, he said, the family would have planted as much as $150,000 in greenery to screen the expansion from view and the plants would have added to the area’s aesthetics.
“Both sides lose in this,” Steve Migliore said after the meeting.