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Supreme Court Upholds Rights of Beach-walkers on Lake Michigan

  • February 26, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Last week, the United States Supreme Court confirmed that the Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana is held by the State in public trust for all residents. The Court effectively did this by denying a petition for certiorari by lakefront landowners which sought to challenge the […]

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Michigan Court of Appeals Rules Subdivision Property Owners Do Not Have Riparian Rights

  • January 15, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Often, buyers purchase waterfront property assuming they have the right to access and use the water. If the neighbors in the community all agree and acquiesce to the use, the situation may continue for years without issue. However, when neighbor disputes arise, litigation may produce […]

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Dalton & Tomich PLC guides Greenleaf Township, Michigan to victory in Federal Court litigation

  • January 7, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

  One of the best compliments an attorney can have is when an opposing party hires the attorney who sued them in a subsequent case to defend its interest or pursue a claim. This happened to our firm when Dalton & Tomich, PLC was hired […]

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How Michigan Courts Handle Neighbor Water Runoff Issues

  • November 5, 2018
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

As land use attorneys, we get many questions regarding water rights. These questions typically involve lake or river access and navigation. These questions generally fall under the category of riparian rights. One water question that does not fall neatly into the riparian category is the […]

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The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act: Who is an “Aggrieved Party”?

  • October 8, 2018
  • by Admin

The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, MCL 125.3101 et seq. (“MZEA”), authorizes municipalities to create zoning ordinances that regulate land use within their borders. The MZEA also requires that zoning ordinances create a Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBA”) for each municipality. MCL 125.3601(1). The ZBA’s decisions are […]

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Access to a lake: Michigan easements and docking rights

  • September 28, 2018
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

  It is no secret that landowners who abut a body of water (riparian owners) often deal with others attempting to access that water. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals of Michigan dealt with a case involving a riparian owner who brought suit after […]

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How a local Church won a religious land use / RLUIPA case and re-established a relationship with a local community

  • September 5, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The Aspen Times reported today about the impact of a religious land use case litigated by Daniel Dalton a decade ago and the relationship between the church, Grace Church of the Roaring Fork, and Pitken County, Colorado. The story highlights the positive impact of the church […]

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Eight Things To Know About Buying and Selling Waterfront Property

  • July 11, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Owning waterfront land is not easy.  Depending on the state you live in, the land that’s adjacent to a body of water normally carries with it certain rights relative to that body of water.  Although water rights may vary according to federal, state and local law […]

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Home Churches and Wedding Ministries: a RLUIPA win in central Oregon

  • July 6, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Central Oregon is truly beautiful. Among the varying landscapes, the interesting cities, the Cascade Mountains and the beauty of Mt. Hood is a little city in the center of the state called Sisters. Our clients, John & Stephanie Shepherd have lived in Sisters for many […]

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The 2018 Land Use Institute, April 19-20, 2018 in Detroit, MI.

  • March 16, 2018
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The law firm of Dalton & Tomich, PLC is proud to announce that it is partnering with the ABA Land Use Institute as a presenting sponsor for its 2018 conference at the University of Detroit School of  Law on April 19-20, 2018.  Daniel Dalton will […]

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