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Michigan Land Use and Zoning

The Three Types of Nuisance Claims Under Michigan Law

  • June 7, 2019
  • by Admin

In everyday conversation it is not uncommon to hear, “he’s just being a nuisance,” or, “that is such a nuisance.” But what actually is a nuisance? More specifically, when does a person’s (or entity’s) conduct become so inappropriate that it rises to the level necessary […]

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5 Quick Tips Before Buying Lakefront Property

  • April 9, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Buying property on one of Michigan’s many inland lakes is a dream for many. Fishing, swimming, sunset boat rides, and quiet mornings on the water can create priceless memories. However, if a buyer doesn’t do proper due diligence, a dream waterfront property can become a […]

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When Do I Need a Dock Permit?

  • February 24, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

One of the benefits of owning waterfront property in Michigan is the ability to install a dock and moor a boat. For many riparian owners, this is the most valuable and important aspect of their waterfront property. But installing a dock is not always as […]

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Dan Dalton named a 2021 DBusiness Top Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning

  • November 4, 2020
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—November 4, 2020—Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton & Tomich is pleased to announce that Daniel P. Dalton, a founding partner of the firm, has been named to the […]

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Zoning Enforcement and Penalties for Violation

  • October 17, 2020
  • by Admin

For residents in Michigan it is nearly impossible to go a day without being impacted, either directly or indirectly, by local municipal ordinances. This is especially true for zoning ordinances. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of just how significant these impacts can be until they […]

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Vested Rights to Nonconforming Uses under Michigan Zoning Laws

  • September 14, 2020
  • by Admin

When a landowner uses his or her property in a way that becomes contrary to a newly adopted or amended zoning ordinance, the ability of that landowner to continue the prior use is frequently questioned and challenged. From a legal standpoint, any use consistent with […]

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Lakefront property owner wins disputed strip of land

  • August 7, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

Michigan courts once again shines the spotlight on the significance of a plat in lakefront property disputes. The case of Saunders v. Rhodes (decided June 18, 2020) started with a dispute between two property owners over a strip of land abutting Chippewa Lake, in Mecosta […]

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Know your (water) rights before purchasing that lakefront home

  • June 23, 2020
  • by Emily

Land use attorney highlights eight considerations when buying waterfront property Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—June 23, 2020—Outdoor recreation seekers are flocking to the water now that summer is here and states have begun relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions, […]

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The Reality of Racism and Zoning

  • June 5, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The news of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor is now part of the collective conscious of America.  The senseless deaths has brought the reality of racism into our lives and shaken us to a core. Racism is not new in zoning. Studies have confirmed […]

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Michigan Court Provides More Guidance for Aggrieved Parties

  • May 27, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

To challenge a local planning or zoning decision in Michigan, one must generally qualify as an “aggrieved party.” Unfortunately, Michigan courts have interpreted the “aggrieved party” term narrowly. This has made it difficult for concerned citizens to challenge problematic decisions in court. However, the Michigan […]

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Court of Appeals Overturns Variance for Cell Tower

  • March 2, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Any attorney who has appealed a land use or zoning decision in Michigan knows that courts are hesitant to overturn the decisions of local ZBAs or planning commissions. One recent case gives a roadmap of what a successful challenge to a local planning decision can […]

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