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 […]Read More
Michigan courts once again shines the spotlight on the significance of a plat in lakefront property disputes. The case of Saunders v. Rhodes (decided June 18, 2020) started with a dispute between two property owners over a strip of land abutting Chippewa Lake, in Mecosta […]Read More
Land use attorney highlights eight considerations when buying waterfront property Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; firstname.lastname@example.org; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton; email@example.com; 248.229.2329 Detroit—June 23, 2020—Outdoor recreation seekers are flocking to the water now that summer is here and states have begun relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions, […]Read More
The news of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor is now part of the collective conscious of America. The senseless deaths has brought the reality of racism into our lives and shaken us to a core. Racism is not new in zoning. Studies have confirmed […]Read More
To challenge a local planning or zoning decision in Michigan, one must generally qualify as an “aggrieved party.” Unfortunately, Michigan courts have interpreted the “aggrieved party” term narrowly. This has made it difficult for concerned citizens to challenge problematic decisions in court. However, the Michigan […]Read More
Any attorney who has appealed a land use or zoning decision in Michigan knows that courts are hesitant to overturn the decisions of local ZBAs or planning commissions. One recent case gives a roadmap of what a successful challenge to a local planning decision can […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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