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Tell tale signs of glacier deposits.

I have 52 acres in Mundy Township. There is a vein of sand that runs through the middle of the land. The vein is not very wide and there is not any sand anywhere else. In addition to that I have one very large boulder near a swamp. I sure would like to learn more about this subject! Thank you for your consideration of this matter!

Genesee County MI Posted 5 days ago

Mixed Use Definition

What is the legal definition of mixed use? Can the definition of mixed use include a legal nonconforming use and a permitted use combined on the same piece of property? Our township has disallowed us from doing permitted uses on our property because we also have a legal nonconforming use. They have termed it a mixed use, and say it's not allowed since the nonconforming use isn't included in the list of permitted uses for our zoning. The subject of "Mixed use" isn't in the zoning ordinance. They say it's an 'interpretation' of the section that simply lists permitted uses. Please don't confuse this with a conditional use or variance. We have been told we cannot do permitted uses. Is a municipality ever allowed to disallow someone from doing permitted uses?

Genesee County MI zoning legal issues Posted about 1 month ago

stay away from conditional rezoning?

small village. main intersection, commercial zoned. housing people want to put up apartments. Want to change the zoning, are going to present conditional rezoning as an 'answer' to get out of the commercial zoning. zoning ordinance is in step with master plan, the problem of .expanding commercial opportunities as presented in master plan cornerstone and expectations'. attorney will help, but anything with the 'look' or 'feel' of spot zoning is not going down well with planning commission. off site parking which is against the ZO. People are going super nova about how wonderful this will be when the process hasn't even started until after the holidays. what do you really think about conditional rezoning as an evasion to by-pass zoning requirements?

MI mi land use Posted about 1 month ago

Right to Farm Act and Ag Tourism Regulations

The RTFA and the GAAMPS regulates Farm Markets (including CSA and U-pick operations). Can I include these in my ag tourism regulations if the regulations regulate more than just the Setbacks, Signage, and Parking. The GAAMPS states that local regulations for Setbacks, Signage and Parking need to be followed. I would like to regulate that Larger Farm Markets be located on lot over 10 acres and with direct access to a public roadway. Is that allowed?

Washtenaw County MI Posted 2 months ago

What are the headaches of putting in a gravel / sand pit

Who do I need to contact in the state of Michigan to see if it's possible to open a gravel pit?

Tuscola County MI Posted 3 months ago

LDA 4:1 ratio

I am considering a split of my 54 acre parcel. My assessor states that because the parent parcel measures 662' road frontage by 2632' deep, there is insufficient road frontage to meet the 4:1 requirement.
Does the required ratio refer to the PARENT parcel or the split parcels?
It seems to me that my parent parcel meets the requirements, just barely, and the splits I am considering certainly will.
So far this the only objection he has set forth.


Midland County Michigan land use Posted 4 months ago

Unchartered Township Zoning Ordinance

Are unchartered townships allowed to pass zoning ordinances? Eaton County Commissioners passed an amendment to our zoning allowing Industrial Solar on an unlimited number of acres of Eaton County farmland. Many residents of our Township would like more restrictions than provided for in the County’s zoning. Can the township pass an ordinance restricting the development of solar developments on land zoned limited ag?

Eaton County Michigan community planning and zoning Posted 4 months ago

Land Division

Two years ago my neighbor died and I bought his 20 acre farm. Three acres are in Sharon Township and 17 acres are in Sylvan Township. Can a parent parcel cross Township lines? I would like to sell the 3 acre parcel and 6 acres of the 17 acre parcel to my neighbor. It looks like I have to know the division history of the parcels since 31 March 1997. Who can I hire to research that history and tell me what divisions I have available to me? Thanks Dave

Washtenaw County Michigan policy zoning Posted 4 months ago

Land use guidlines for large solar arrays (agricultural)

Do you have guidelines for solar similar to your wind siting guidlines

Huron County Michigan Posted 5 months ago

Property split

I had a one ac parcel with a home on it. It was previously 2 half ac lots joined per the township to place a home on the property with a building permit. Later the county came back and said that a summer tax on one of the half ac lots wasn’t paid and they foreclosed on that half. Splitting the property back into 2 half ac lots but now with a home that sits on both properties. Taxing all the home on one half and nothing on the other. Is this legal as we now have a home that sits on 2 parcels of land with 2 different owners. In need of some help here

Midland County Michigan Posted 5 months ago