Attorneys for Land Use,
Property and Business Law

Partners to Religious Organizations, Property Owners and Businesses

Land Use and Zoning

Property owners, developers, lenders, entrepreneurs and others are impacted by land use and zoning laws. While the laws about land use and zoning may seem straightforward, in many cases they are highly complex. Convoluting matters even further, the laws differ from state to state and town to town.

The land use and zoning attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC time and again have proven the ability to work within this ever-changing legal framework, adapting to local ordinances, rules, protocol and even politics to achieve the results clients need to advance their organizational goals.

We help property owners at the planning commission and Zoning Board of Appeals / Board of Zoning Adjustment stages as well as in litigation in state and federal courts and with easements and riparian rights issues relating to accessing lakes and other waterbodies. Our staff has excellent relationships with planners, appraisers, engineers and consultants who collaborate together to push a site plan forward through completion, or serve as experts at trial.

We’ve developed a national land use practice and have worked with property owners, developers, churches, businesses, nonprofits and others. This includes representing clients in Detroit and throughout Michigan, and across the state of Illinois.

Land use for churches and other religious organizations presents a special challenge. This is an area in which we have become the foremost authority nationally on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, also known as RLUIPA.

Daniel P. Dalton is the author of the only book dedicated to RLUIPA – “Litigating Religious Land Use Cases,” published by the American Bar Association, and is a frequent speaker and sought-after expert on related land use law topics.

Learn more about Dalton & Tomich, PLC’s land use legal services for churches, temples and other religious entities.

We can help you meet your goals.

The attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have the experience and the knowledge to work with you to develop a legal solution that helps you accomplish your goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Each city is unique and has different rules and regulations about timing. Some take a few weeks, others take several years. Before we start the process of rezoning, we will review the proposed timeline with you to make sure it meets your timing with land purchase options or other client specific timing issues.

Every municipality handles land use issues differently. After reviewing your project and the procedures used by your municipality, we will be able to provide you with an estimated cost so that you can factor this into your budget and construction timeline.

Yes, we will attend meetings of your local Planning Commission, Zoning Board or other decision-making body and speak on your behalf. An attorney is often invaluable at these types of proceedings. We will also advise you of when it is likely that our presence will be helpful to you.

Understanding how the laws governing easements, riparian rights and access to lakes and other waterways relate to your property is crucial to ensuring your ability to enjoy that property. To help you understand your rights, easements and the options available to you under the law, we developed a free downloadable guide.

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