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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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If You Live in a Subdivision That Contains a Lake, You Likely Have Rights in That Water

  • July 27, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

When it comes to owning interest in land that includes or touchesan inland lake or stream, the law in Michigan is clear: you are considered a riparian landowner. Generally speaking, a riparian landowner holds a bundle of rights, also known as riparian property rights. These […]

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First Batch of Redevelopment Zone Detroit Liquor Licenses Approved

  • June 28, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

Crain’s Detroit Business reporter Kurt Nagl wrote in May about about the City of Detroit seeking approval for 20 new liquor licenses through the Redevelopment Area Liquor Licenses that were made available through the State of Michigan. Though the matter was on the agenda for […]

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More liquor licenses could be coming to Detroit, but getting one may still be complicated

  • May 22, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

A total of 63 new Detroit liquor licenses could be issued, according to a recent article by Crain’s Detroit Business. I had the pleasure of chatting with reporter Kurt Nagl about the development. While this is good news for bars and restaurants hoping to attain […]

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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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City of Detroit severely limits short-term residential rentals

  • February 8, 2018
  • by Admin

UPDATE: Multiple local media outlets are reporting that City officials will not immediately enforce the zoning ordinance pending a review by the City Law Department. We’ll be sure to provide an update once we hear more.   In a surprising move, the city of Detroit […]

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Detroit Land Use & Zoning

  • November 15, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In addition to the land use and zoning work that we do for religious organizations around the United States, and the donation and collection bin cases wherein we have successfully asserted First Amendment Free Speech claims, we have been working with local property owners and […]

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Detroit to implement “pink zones” to spur commercial development

  • August 15, 2016
  • by Admin

Detroit Planning and Development officials recently announced a project intended to revive Detroit’s neighborhood business corridors while simultaneously easing the City’s notorious bureaucratic hurdles. The project, called “Pink Zoning Detroit,” aims to simplify the City’s outdated and complex land use and zoning regulations and reduce the […]

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What can a property owner do when the local government in Michigan takes ownership of land?

  • July 11, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Are there any claims available to a property owner whose property has been either physically taken, or rendered useless through zoning regulations under Michigan law? The answer is yes; a property owner may assert an inverse condemnation claim in limited circumstances. A claim for inverse […]

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How to challenge the re-zoning of property in Michigan

  • June 8, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Michigan law provides that local governments have the power to re-zone property under a rather broad set of criteria.  Can a property owner challenge the re-zoning?  The answer is yes, but, be aware of the case law and its unique nuances when making the judicial […]

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