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Michigan Land Use and Zoning

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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Can someone ice fish on my bottomlands?

  • December 15, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

As the Michigan weather turns colder and winter settles in, many inland lakes will be freezing over. This means that activities on the lakes will be changing also. Swimming and boating will be over for the season, and winter activities such as ice fishing and […]

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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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Do Not Try to Navigate Zoning and Land Use Regulations Alone

  • November 19, 2021
  • by Noel Sterett

We receive calls all the time from frustrated property owners who have found themselves at odds with local officials over whether their land use—be it commercial, religious, or residential—is permitted at their property. These conflicts can quickly escalate when neighboring property owners get involved and […]

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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 Admin

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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Can I Challenge a Rezoning Denial in Court?

  • September 9, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

In representing individuals and businesses in Michigan land use issues, we have handled many rezoning requests. A rezoning on its own is usually a fairly straightforward issue. But sometimes we are contacted after a rezoning request has been denied. The question is asked – can […]

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How to Appeal EGLE’s Dock Permit Decision

  • July 23, 2021
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

A few months ago, we posted an article on when a riparian owner needs a dock permit for a Michigan inland lake or stream. As we said, those permits are issued by the Water Resources Division of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and […]

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With Openness Comes Accountability; Challenging a Rezoning Decision under the Open Meetings Act

  • July 22, 2021
  • by Admin

It goes without saying that a neighboring property’s zoning classification can have a negative impact on the value of, and your ability to, enjoy your own property. If you recently found out that a property close to your home was the subject of a rezoning […]

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