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Can You Expand an Easement by Prescription?

  • May 6, 2022
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Most property owners in Michigan will come across easements at some point. As we know, an easement is the right to use someone else’s property for a specific purpose. Sometimes easements can be overused for purposes that were not originally intended. For example, maybe an […]

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Understanding Aldermanic Prerogative in Chicago Zoning

  • March 11, 2022
  • by Noel Sterett

When it comes to zoning in Chicago, there are many unwritten rules and policies. As many zoning applicants have learned the hard way, one unwritten policy may be more important to the success or failure of any zoning or land use application than all the […]

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Court Clarifies Difference Between Standards for Use and Nonuse Variances.

  • March 10, 2022
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

If you’ve ever applied for a variance, you’ll know that there are two different types of variances. There is a “use variance” and a “nonuse variance.” While some municipalities clearly lay out the differences, others tend to conflate the two types. Fortunately, the Michigan Court […]

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Increasing or diverting the natural flow of surface water onto a neighboring property

  • January 18, 2022
  • by Admin

A trespass is an intrusion of a physical and tangible object onto the land of another without permission. In some cases, surface water flowing from a neighbor’s property onto yours is considered a trespass in Michigan. “Surface waters” are “waters on the surface of the […]

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Request for Zoning Board of Appeals Rehearing Does Not Pause Claim of Appeal Time Limit

  • January 14, 2022
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Parties aggrieved by a land use decision of a local body, such as a zoning board of appeals (ZBA) or a board of trustees, have the option to appeal that decision to the local circuit court. Examples of these decisions include rezonings, special land use […]

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Can someone ice fish on my bottomlands?

  • December 15, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

As the Michigan weather turns colder and winter settles in, many inland lakes will be freezing over. This means that activities on the lakes will be changing also. Swimming and boating will be over for the season, and winter activities such as ice fishing and […]

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Michigan Court Says Short-Term Rental Isn’t Residential Use

  • November 24, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

In Michigan, short-term vacation rentals are a hot button issue. Many communities have little-to-no regulation of this use. The state legislature is currently considering a bill to provide protections for short-term rentals. Many neighbors who don’t participate in the rental business cringe when they discover […]

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Do Not Try to Navigate Zoning and Land Use Regulations Alone

  • November 19, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

We receive calls all the time from frustrated property owners who have found themselves at odds with local officials over whether their land use—be it commercial, religious, or residential—is permitted at their property. These conflicts can quickly escalate when neighboring property owners get involved and […]

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Awarded for impact and accomplishment, Dalton & Tomich partner Daniel P. Dalton named a Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Real Estate Executive

  • November 15, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466 Detroit–November 15, 2021–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 selected for inclusion in Crain’s Detroit Business’inaugural […]

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Dan Dalton named a 2022 DBusiness Top Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning

  • November 2, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications;barbara@eafocus.com; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; ddalton@daltontomich.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—November 2, 2021—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 2022 […]

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