A judge has ruled that the Oakland City Council can't use a new law to block the construction of a large crematorium near Oakland International Airport, according to an article on insidebayarea.com.
The Neptune Society of Northern California received a building permit last year to construct a new crematorium — one of the largest on the West Coast — on Kitty Lane (off 98th Avenue between I-880 and Doolittle Drive) in Oakland, the article says.
The day after the building permit was issued, Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid proposed an emergency ordinance that would require council approval for new crematoria, Inside Bay Area reports. The ordinance was approved by the council.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo has ruled that the ordinance does not apply to the Neptune Society project, since it had already received a building permit, the article says.
Oakland may consider appealing Grillo's ruling, it says.