Development - Land Use - Dalton & Tomich

ZONING:
DEVELOPMENT

PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

Buying property for commercial use or development is a significant business investment. Ensuring the process is handled correctly is a critical step to bring your vision to life and maximize on your investment.

Dalton & Tomich’s Michigan and Illinois land use attorneys will guide you through the entire zoning process, ensure you are prepared each step of the way and have the best chance of securing all necessary approvals.

HOW WE SERVE YOU:

  • We represent you and your request at every level. We use our experience working with local communities, planning commissions, and city boards to advocate for you and your plans at every step.
  • We manage the process for you, working with your site planner, local architect, and the planning commission/local zoning boards to ensure everyone is working together to move your plans forward.
  • We communicate frequently and keep you in the loop every step of the way.

WE HELP YOU NAVIGATE ANY ISSUES THAT MIGHT ARISE ALONG THE WAY AND GIVE YOU THE BEST CHANCE FOR APPROVAL.

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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE ZONING PROCESS

The zoning process typically involves four steps. Depending on the property, the intended use, and the municipality, you might go through all four steps or only a portion of them. Issues and conficts can arise at various stages of the process:

1

PLANNING COMMISSION

If administrative approval cannot be secured, a site plan must be presented to a local planning commission for approval. Sometimes, the planning commission can give approval and a recommendation to the city or town, which gives final approval. This is where a lot of issues arise and why it is important your application is as airtight as possible from the beginning.

2

ZONING BOARD

If plans need a variance, a formal presentation to the local zoning board is needed.

3

HISTORIC BOARD

For those developing in a historic area or redeveloping historic buildings, a formal presentation to the local historic board is also needed.

4

CITY OR TOWN BOARD

The final step in the process, the board gives final approval in places where this is required

WHEN YOU HIRE US TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THIS PROCESS, WE:

  • Evaluate objective in relation to local zoning ordinances and regulations.
  • Provide insight on what is possible to get approved.
  • Work with a site planner to develop a plan that has the best chance of approval as possible.
  • Leverage our relationships with local planning departments to give them a preview of what you will be requesting, discuss any possible issues, and get initial feedback before you present to the planning commission.
  • Provide representaion in front of the planning commission and make a case for plans and how the community will benefit.

If you have already started this process and find yourself running into opposition or the request has been denied, we can help.

TRANSPARENT, RELATIONAL,
TENACIOUS, AND LOCAL

From the planning commission to breaking ground, we help you pursue the outcomes you want so you can bring your vision to life.

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