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A place for Citizen Planner participants to ask questions from the MSU Extension Land Use Educator in their region.

(This group currently has 7 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

property tax help please

was wondering if there was anyway to help my mother out Patricia Lucas on her property taxes. She is in behind on it and needs help veriy much.

Grand Traverse County Michigan Posted 2 months ago

debt of deceased spouse

Am I responsible for the credit card debt of my late husband? I am not on the account. Do I have to pay this out of a joint savings or life insurance?

Washtenaw County Michigan lefal issues Posted 2 months ago

Updated Township Master Plan

I'm with the Sherwood Township on their Planning Commission. We're trying to FIND our Master Plan.....and it is my understanding that the MP has to be updated every five years........I'm sure we are lacking. What information can you provide to HELP us?

Branch County Michigan land use Posted 3 months ago

Planning and Zoning Board Alternates

Can you please tell me if the alternates to a board sit and listen to the discussions and deliberations, or can they participate? I know they cannot vote, but we need to know if they actually contribute to all board discussions, including site plans, variance requests, etc.

Thank you

Iosco County Michigan community planning and zoning Posted 3 months ago

Planning Commission member/realtor conflicts of interest

Is a Planning Commission member/realtor in a small township (~900 residents), conflicted by the prospect of increased listings from the approval of a large multi-unit development?

Leelanau County Michigan Posted 3 months ago

Eminent Domain and the Master Plan

Can a municipality seize property through eminent domain if it is not in their Master Plan or other planning document?

Oakland County Michigan community planning and zoning eminent domain master planning Posted 6 months ago

Lily of the valley

Is it safe to cut back lily of the valley without having any health issues? I recently had open heart surgery. I’m certainly not going to ingest any part of the flower. Thank you so much

Wayne County Michigan lily of the valley Posted 6 months ago

Special Meeting of the Electors - Minutes and Attorney Involvement

Our Township Board was petitioned for a Special Meeting of the Electors under MCL 41.25.

The Township attorney was present and advised the Board to not answer any questions and even intervened when an elector asked a question of the Board. The clerk took minutes and the attorney advised they are not to be posted online for the electors, nor should any action be taken as the special meeting was not a board meeting (or theirs).

What options do the electors have in getting the draft minutes online for electors, and was this advise wrong and illegal by the attorney ? It would appear the that the spirit of 41.25 is to get the Township Board and the residents communicating and the attorney underminded this. This same attorney is responsible for 4 of 5 of another Township's Board being recalled so no one trusts his advice.

Cheboygan County Michigan Posted 7 months ago

Next Door

The house next door to us in a residential subdivision was sold last January 2019 to a family that supposedly was going to rehab it and move in when it was done. Recently the owner mentioned that he was possibly making it into a senior home for aged folks that needed somewhere to live. Is this allowed in a single family neighborhood?

Macomb County Michigan community planning and zoning Posted 9 months ago

Cherry Tree Spray

We have a cherry tree in our yard. It gets bugs in the fruit. We are wondering what we can spray it with that will be environmentally friendly and non-toxic to people, birds, bees, etc. Thanks

Livingston County Michigan fruit tree sprays cherry trees Posted 10 months ago