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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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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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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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Zoning Restrictions on Short-Term Rentals (Airbnb and VRBO) and Lakefront Properties

  • October 29, 2021
  • by Adel Nucho

The demand over the past 10 years spiked on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO, which connect homeowners with short-term renters. During the summer season in Michigan, for example, there is a high demand for lake houses. Lake houses allow for the perfect getaway while avoiding […]

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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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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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How Can I Win Planning Commission Approval?

  • January 7, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Winning a recommendation of approval from a local planning commission comes down to a few key areas, as planning commission veteran and land use and zoning attorney Larry Opalewski explains in this video. Tips to help you win planning commission approval: Prepare a thorough and […]

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How Do Courts Enforce Restrictive Covenants or Deed Restrictions?

  • January 6, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

Restrictive covenants, sometimes called “deed restrictions,” restrict the free use of land and are generally disfavored by courts. They are however generally enforceable, as Detroit-based land use and zoning attorney Larry Opalewski explains in this video. Key facts about restrictive covenants or deed restriction enforcement […]

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“Partying” on the Lake — The Power of Dedication Language in a Subdivision Plat

  • September 18, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Recorded about 80 years ago, the dedication language in a plat became the subject of a lawsuit which made it the Michigan Court of Appeals 3 years ago (Yuska v. Hasler). Yuska v. Hasler serves as a reminder that dedication language in a plat could […]

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