Michigan Land Use and Zoning

Development of land in Michigan is structured in a manner intended to provide for smooth transitions in zoning. In addition to the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, property owners need to be aware of state environmental laws, historic designation laws and if applicable, the Condominium Act when preparing a site plan. In a state where many properties are located on or near one of our 11,000 lakes, clients also benefit from our keen understanding of easements and riparian rights.

The land use and zoning attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have experience collaborating with planners, engineers and consultants when submitting site plans for approval or securing testimony as expert witness in land use and zoning litigation. We have the knowledge and understanding to address land use concerns and experience in attacking zoning ordinances that exclude uses that are appropriate for a community.

While state law controls the ability of local governments to regulate the use of land through zoning, every local community has its own rules and regulations governing the use of land. Therefore, depending on the Michigan community your property is located in, the amount of legal work will vary. The land use and zoning attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have experience working in communities throughout Michigan, with particular expertise in Detroit.

We also have decades of experience in applying for, appealing and litigating land use and zoning claims in Michigan. From applying for conditional use permits and site plan applications before a Planning Commission and preparing and arguing appeals before the Zoning Boards of Appeals, to filing zoning and land use claims in federal and state courts and defending your rights as the owner of property on or near one of Michigan’s beautiful lakes, the professionals at Dalton & Tomich, PLC are ready to assist you.

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The attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have the experience and the knowledge to work with you to develop a legal solution that helps you accomplish your goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Each city is unique and has different rules and regulations about timing. Some take a few weeks, others take several years. Before we start the process of rezoning, we will review the proposed timeline with you to make sure it meets your timing with land purchase options or other client specific timing issues.

Every municipality handles land use issues differently. After reviewing your project and the procedures used by your municipality, we will be able to provide you with an estimated cost so that you can factor this into your budget and construction timeline.

Yes, we will attend meetings of your local Planning Commission, Zoning Board or other decision-making body and speak on your behalf. An attorney is often invaluable at these types of proceedings. We will also advise you of when it is likely that our presence will be helpful to you.

Understanding how the laws governing easements, riparian rights and access to lakes and other waterways relate to your property is crucial to ensuring your ability to enjoy that property. To help you understand your rights, easements and the options available to you under the law, we developed a free downloadable guide.

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