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The Three Types of Nuisance Claims Under Michigan Law

  • June 7, 2019
  • by Alex Reuter

In everyday conversation it is not uncommon to hear, “he’s just being a nuisance,” or, “that is such a nuisance.” But what actually is a nuisance? More specifically, when does a person’s (or entity’s) conduct become so inappropriate that it rises to the level necessary […]

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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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The Basics of Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) in Michigan

  • October 17, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

The typical zoning ordinance is written in such a way as to encourage different kinds of developments to follow a one-size-fits-all approach. Realizing this problem, the Michigan legislature allowed for more variety and flexibility in zoning. Today, developers can take advantage of the Planned Unit […]

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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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Who is responsible for trees on a property line in Michigan?

  • August 11, 2019
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

One of the most common questions we receive on property line or easement related question is who is a responsible for trees on a property line. Imagine the scenario where you own land and have a tree near the property line. A large branch grows […]

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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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Tips for Appearing Before a Planning Commission

  • July 25, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

If you would like to develop land, chances are you will need to appear before a planning commission at some point. Appearing before the commission can be an intimidating experience. Even those who’ve appeared before the commission many times make mistakes. While no two planning […]

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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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Lake Access for Michigan Back-Lot Owners

  • May 31, 2019
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

If you own property on an in-land Michigan lake, you typically enjoy riparian rights to that lake. You can read more about riparian rights here and here. But what about back-lot property owners on an in-land lake? Are back-lot owners completely shut out of lake […]

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