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Attorneys for Land Use

Zoning: Development

Whether our clients are seeking zoning approval, or looking to appeal a zoning denial, we guide them through the entire process.

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 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.

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How We Serve You:

Your Best Chance for Planning Commission Approval – Download our eBook

This eBook is intended to provide background information regarding planning commissions in Michigan and helpful tips for submitting applications and appearing before a commission. Let our attorneys help you navigate issues that arise along the way and give you the best chance to have your project approved.

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Understand zoning rights from the attorneys that understand zoning.

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 conflicts can arise at various stages of the process:

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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 approve and recommend 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

A formal presentation to the local zoning board is needed if plans need a variance.

3. Historic Board

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

4. City or Town Board

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

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Dalton and Tomich will guide you through the process by:

If you have already started this process and find yourself running into opposition or the request has been denied, WE CAN HELP.

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