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Land Use and Zoning

2021 Commercial Land Use Outlook

  • December 30, 2020
  • by Lawrence Opalewski

2021 is shaping up as a great year to acquire or repurpose commercial property. A number of anticipated post-pandemic trends may make 2021 a year of opportunity for businesses seeking to acquire or repurpose property. The nature of 2020 and its challenges to land use […]

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Using “acquiescence” to establish boundary lines

  • December 20, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

  Disagreements between owners of neighboring properties often arise over boundary lines. Boundary lines are usually established by getting a survey of the legal description contained in a deed. And a survey could actually prove that the line—which the owners treated as the true line—is […]

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Dan Dalton named a 2021 DBusiness Top Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning

  • November 4, 2020
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus   Communications;; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton;; 248.229.2329 Detroit—November 4, 2020—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 […]

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Zoning Enforcement and Penalties for Violation

  • October 17, 2020
  • by Admin

For residents in Michigan it is nearly impossible to go a day without being impacted, either directly or indirectly, by local municipal ordinances. This is especially true for zoning ordinances. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of just how significant these impacts can be until they […]

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The legal issues involved hosting Church at a private home

  • October 2, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

In certain parts of the country, like California, large religious assemblies are still prohibited. As a result, many religious groups are encouraging their members to continue meeting in smaller numbers in their homes. All across the country, people are hosting small prayer gatherings, worship services, […]

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Land use webinar: learn the lay of the land

  • September 15, 2020
  • by Emily

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications;; 248.260.8466; Daniel Dalton;; 248.229.2329 Detroit—September 15, 2020—Detroit-based land use, business, and denominational trust law firm Dalton & Tomichwill present a live, interactive webinar on Zoning and Land Laws for Civil Engineers and Professional Surveyorson Thursday, September 24.  […]

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Vested Rights to Nonconforming Uses under Michigan Zoning Laws

  • September 14, 2020
  • by Admin

When a landowner uses his or her property in a way that becomes contrary to a newly adopted or amended zoning ordinance, the ability of that landowner to continue the prior use is frequently questioned and challenged. From a legal standpoint, any use consistent with […]

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Land use and Zoning Webinar: learn the lay of the land

  • September 12, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

The professionals at Dalton & Tomich PLC are pleased to announce that they will be presenting an introductory webinar of zoning and land use law with HalfMoon Education Inc., on September 24, 2020.  While its focus is on engineers and surveyors, the information is relevant […]

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Determining Who May Pursue A Nuisance Per Se Claim

  • August 31, 2020
  • by Admin

It happens all too often. You look outside and see that your neighbor has constructed something on or decided to use his or her property in a manner that violates a local zoning ordinance. This could involve violations of setback requirements, the failure to obtain […]

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Lakefront property owner wins disputed strip of land

  • August 7, 2020
  • by Adel Nucho

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 […]

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