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Land Use and Zoning

Even a former President needs to secure a building permit

  • November 26, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

An article published in the New York Times recently highlighted the need to secure building permits prior to remodeling a home or commercial building. According to the author, Steve Edor, Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary Hillary Clinton began extensive renovations on their new […]

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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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Donation Bin Ordinances: A compromise between protecting commercial speech and reasonable governmental regulations.

  • September 14, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In early 2013, the City of Portage, Michigan announced that it was considering the issue of clothing donation bins and a proposed ordinance regulating the same. At the time, few municipalities had investigated the issue, and the City was unsure of what action to take. […]

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Clothing and Shoe Donation Bins: Commercial Free Speech prevails in the Sixth Circuit

  • September 14, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In January 2014, the City of St. Johns, Michigan adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich brought suit challenging the ordinance […]

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Dan Dalton and Kate Brink Named to Super Lawyers 2016 List

  • September 12, 2016
  • by Admin

Dalton & Tomich founding attorney Dan Dalton has been named to the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers List in Land Use and Zoning. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition […]

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A Religious Land Use Win in Oregon – Home Church and Wedding Ministry are Permissible Uses of Land

  • September 7, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The law firm of Dalton & Tomich PLC is pleased to announce that our client Shepherdsfield Church prevailed in its land use dispute in central Oregon this week.  In this landmark decision, the administrative hearing officer found that home churches and wedding ministries are permitted […]

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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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Does RLUIPA apply to fortune tellers?

  • August 11, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In Patricia Moore-King v. County of Chesterfield, the Court was asked if RLUIPA applies to fortune tellers. The answer is No, at least in the Fourth Circuit. Patricia Moore-King (“Moore-King” or “Plaintiff”) brought suit against the County of Chesterfield, Virginia (the “County” or “Defendant”) challenging the […]

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Donation Bins: Resolving a ban on bins in Stanton, California

  • August 8, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In May 2013, the City of Stanton, California adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich brought suit challenging the ordinance on […]

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Donation Bins: resolving a community ban on bins through cooperation

  • August 8, 2016
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

In December 2011, the City of Plano, Illinois adopted an ordinance that banned clothing donation bins from the city. While donation bins were banned, other unattended containers such as dumpsters and recycling bins were not banned. Dalton & Tomich wrote a letter to the city […]

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