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Can I Challenge a Rezoning Denial in Court?

  • September 9, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

In representing individuals and businesses in Michigan land use issues, we have handled many rezoning requests. A rezoning on its own is usually a fairly straightforward issue. But sometimes we are contacted after a rezoning request has been denied. The question is asked – can […]

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10 Things Developers Should Consider Before Developing a Subdivision

  • July 30, 2021
  • by Admin

As any developer can attest, developing a subdivision is no small task. It is a time-consuming process which requires patience, capital, and above all, good planning. This article will address 10 things developers should consider before beginning any work on a subdivision. Zoning- A proposed […]

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Dan Dalton named a “Go-To” Real Estate Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

  • July 26, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466 Detroit—July 26, 2021—Daniel Dalton, co-founder of Detroit-headquartered law firm Dalton & Tomich PLC, has been named a Michigan “Go-To” Lawyer for Real Estate by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  The publication’s “Go-To” Lawyer honor spotlights Michigan lawyers who are […]

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How to Appeal EGLE’s Dock Permit Decision

  • July 23, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

A few months ago, we posted an article on when a riparian owner needs a dock permit for a Michigan inland lake or stream. As we said, those permits are issued by the Water Resources Division of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and […]

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With Openness Comes Accountability; Challenging a Rezoning Decision under the Open Meetings Act

  • July 22, 2021
  • by Adel Nucho

It goes without saying that a neighboring property’s zoning classification can have a negative impact on the value of, and your ability to, enjoy your own property. If you recently found out that a property close to your home was the subject of a rezoning […]

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Help! My Neighbor is Flooding My Property!

  • July 2, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Disputes between neighbors over the flow of water are nothing new. The water simply has to go somewhere, especially when there’s a lot of it. Recently, there’s been an increase in water issues caused by homes that have been “flipped.” When an old home is […]

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Lawrence Opalewski named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

  • June 15, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—June 14, 2021—Lawrence Opalewski, a zoning, land use, and religious property attorney at Dalton + Tomich, has been named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly. This […]

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How to Rezone Property in Michigan

  • June 11, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

You purchase a piece of Michigan property and want to develop it. But you soon discover that the property is not zoned for your preferred use. What do you do? Are you out of luck? Not necessarily. There are a few potential ways you could […]

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Variances, Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBAs) and Self-Created Hardships and Practical Difficulties

  • June 9, 2021
  • by Adel Nucho

When you seek a variance, you are essentially asking for permission to violate an applicable zoning ordinance.  In other words, it is a request for an exception; a license to do something on or use your property in a manner that would otherwise be prohibited. […]

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Riparian rights, bottomland ownership and underwater trespassing

  • April 30, 2021
  • by Adel Nucho

As a general rule, an owner of an inland lake house in Michigan holds title to the submerged land (the bottomland) to the middle lake.1  And while it is somewhat unusual to think of a trespass on submerged lands, Michigan courts have held that the […]

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