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Lake Michigan setbacks

What are the 30 year and 60 year setbacks for the high risk erosion areas in Ganges Township, Allegan County Michigan?
Phil Badra
Ganges Township Planning Commission

Allegan County Michigan community planning and zoning erosion Posted 7 days ago

Road side store

How do I go about opening a small little roadside store. Do I need a permit and we're would I get one? Can i use a small shed? What can I sell and what can't I? I don't want to sell food, just ice, water, batterys, paper towels, sunscreen, etc. I have two swimming holes near me. It would only be open the summer months.

Decatur County Indiana Posted 13 days ago

Common Driveway Easement

I have a new construction project that was built alongside my property that I have lived in for nearly 30 years. I made the city and the new owners aware of the Liber filed common driveway easement (dated 1968) prior to any demolition or construction - and the common driveway was very apparent when they purchased the property. I signed a Plot Plan provided to me by the new owners that showed the common driveway in place alongside the new home and gave "Temporary" permission to remove a portion of the driveway to dig the foundation of the new home (Jan 2018). We continually asked the city to be included in decisions that could effect our continued use of this easement - but were never notified by the city of any plans in regard to this property. The city took the position that the easement was "a civil matter." Needless to say the owners felt empowered by the city's position and have not returned the driveway to us and have installed there gas meter, down spouts, fencing, pool deck, etc. in the prior driveway. We are in litigation over its return and the removal of the elements installed. Is this the typical position of a municipality? Can a city choose to ignore a Liber filed easement document and allow an owner to construct inside a recorded easement? Per the city's website easement must be shown on a Site Plan. The builder did not NOTE the easement on the Plot Plan (not did he NOTE the 10' easement alongside the railroad ROW and removed the reference to it from the legal description on the Plot Plan). The city was in possession of a copy of our Easement document prior to the Plot Plan being submitted so we felt we had protected ourselves. Property is purchased subject to existing building restriction and easements. What obligation if any does a city have to uphold property rights of easement holders?

Oakland County Michigan Posted 24 days ago

Twp Zoning

I understand that nearby residences have 3 years & government, and or twp ordinances have 6 years to present cases of non-conformance to a court for estoppel. Anything longer than that period is time barred, under statue of limitations & twp zoning.

Bay County Michigan Posted about 1 month ago

Mineral rights futures - Monroe County

As a landowner in Monroe County, I am looking for information about if the land there (specifically southern Monroe county near the Ohio border - Whiteford Township) is deemed as having any value in mineral rights and if there has ever been any interest from companies to pursue leasing/drilling land there.

Monroe County Michigan land use mineral rights Posted 2 months ago

How to start a Housing Co-Op

My friends and I want to start a housing co-op. We have already picked out a property and have enough money between us for a loan. How would we go about the rest?

Washtenaw County Michigan Posted 2 months ago

ehics and conflict of interest marijuana provisioning center conflict

I have a township board member that is voting, approving, denying telling me to stop asking question during public comments.
The township was allowing 2 provisioning centers. 1st was taken in May 2018, 2nd June 2018. Then the board members family, a prominent business in the township, wanted a license so the board accepted there application at another board members house on the 4th of July and created a 3rd spot saying that there was confusion between when the 2nd and 3rd applications were turned in. I am selling my business and signed an agreement in January 2019 on condition of getting a provisioning center spot in the township. In January at the board meeting we asked for a 4th spot and was told no. We had read the ordinance and discussed the ordinance with the Clerk. We asked him if all applicants had met the 30 day rule. We had to explain to him the rule.
Ordinance says "applicant fills out application pays the 5 k fee to receive conditional authorization.
Within 30 days from conditional authorization from the township the applicant must submit proof to the clerk that the applicant has applied for prequalification from the State for a state operating license or has submitted a full application for such license. If the applicant fails to submit such proof, then such conditional authorization shall be cancelled by the clerk.
Clerk said no the 2nd applicant had not. We dont think 1st applicant did either. At the January board meeting we asked the board to create a 4th position and was told NO. At this time we pointed out the 30 day rule in the ordinance and that app 2 did not turn in the required papers. The board had no idea about this rule in there ordinance either. Again we had to explain it to the board.
The board told my buyer to fill out application pay the 5 k fee so he is in spot 4 in case one of the other 3 didn't get a license. My buyer already has a license approved by the State to use.
At the beginning of the February meeting the board gave back my buyers application fee, but check was made out to my wife, land owner on application. (ordinance says: "Any applicant waiting for future conditional authorization may withdraw their submission by written notice to the Clerk at any time and recieve refund of the initial annual fee's submitted".) My buyer did not request the money back.
At this meeting the board said they were going to give the 3 applicant time to turn in any missing papers. Again this is 8 months after the applications were accepted by the township and my buyers application was accepted. When asked how long they would be given the board would not respond.
Seeing the check was made out to my wife buyer had to go back to the township the next day for a corrected check. He talked to the township treasure which informed him that the 3rd applicants application was filled out incorrectly. (this is the board members families application).
At the March meeting I asked again how long the applicant would be given and for the exact dates the application were originally accepted and why my buyers 5 k was returned and read that part of the ordinance to them. The board just said they felt that because they didnt know the 30 day rule was in the ordinance that they was giving the 3 applicant time to turn in missing papers and to fix any mistakes on there applications. So now they had added mistakes can be fixed. They also said that they were going to make some changes and ammendments to the current ordinance and vote on it at the April meeting.
After the March township meeting the board member in question approached me and told me to stop asking questions, that they didn't need to go round and round answering questions. On my way out of the meeting I was stopped by another board member and was told that the 5 k being returned was none of my business. I told him my wifes name was on the application which made it my business and he walked away.
At the April meeting the board said they were not ready to vote and it would be put off til the May meeting. They also stopped everyone in position and will not allow them to turn in licenses that are being approved. So far 7 licenses have been approved by the state.

To me there are 3 board members involved in this Corruption, Ethics and conflict of interest.
Member that accepted the application at his house, The family member on the board and member that told me its none of my business.
I am seeking legal advice / possible representation in this matter.

Van Buren County Michigan ethics good governance Posted 2 months ago

Right to Farm Act

Can local municipalities require Special Use Permit for Farm Markets, U-Pick opertation and CSA or are they only allowed to regulate these with site plan review for the drainage, signage, parking and safty aspects?

Kalamazoo County Michigan community planning and zoning zoning and land use regulation Posted 2 months ago

Lot line adjustment with land across the road

Is there specific rules about About lot line adjustments adjustments with property divided by a road.? Some townships seem to count one parcel for land division even if it is divided by the road. Other townships don't seem to agree. Is there a specific location to find all the rules regarding land division?

Kalamazoo County Michigan Posted 2 months ago

michigan open meetings act regarding non profit board meetings

Can you provide guidance regarding our newly formed, Friends of Jefferson Chalmers Riverfront Parks? Board Secretary John Myers (313) 543-4351

Wayne County Michigan zoning and land use regulation Posted 2 months ago